Al Pittampalli is the author of two books that combine research and storytelling to help individuals and organizations adapt to a fast changing world.
His latest, Persuadable: How Great Leaders Change Their Minds to Change the World will be published by HarperBusiness in early 2016. There are an astounding number of books that teach you how to persuade others. But as a society we’re already fairly persuasive; what we’re not is persuadable—we lack the genuine willingness to change our own minds. Why? For one, changing our minds is often perceived as a weakness in our culture. In this book, Al uses decades of social science to reveal it as an incontrovertible strength. Because not only is being persuadable the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do—a powerful advantage in both business and life.
His first book, Read This Before Our Next Meeting: The Modern Meeting Standard for Successful Organizations, not only explains what’s wrong with “the meeting,” and meeting culture, but suggests how to make meetings more effective, efficient, and worthy of attending. Most importantly it assesses when it’s necessary to skip the meeting and get right to work by answering a critical question: What exactly is the purpose of the modern meeting? Now out in over 100K copies, it was the most popular kindle book in the world during the week of its release. The book was one of only 13 titles published by Seth Godin's award winning imprint, The Domino Project (Powered by Amazon). Todd Sattersen, former president of 800-CEO-READ and author of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, named Read This Before Our Next Meeting the #4 best business book of 2011. It’s been translated into five different languages.
Al started his career as an IT consultant for Ernst & Young where he advised Fortune 500 organizations all over the country. This is where he first realized meeting mediocrity and ingrained stubbornness were epidemics. Now on his own, Al helps organizations like NASA, Hewlett Packard, Abbot Labs, transform their organizational cultures. He graduated from Stern School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in finance and currently lives in New York City.