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.