Tuesday, December 23, 2008
STOP THE SENSELESS MEETINGS!
Sitting in a room around a big table with a bunch of people who don't want to be there is just wrong.
Except for the top brass, do you know anybody who likes business meetings or thinks they serve a real purpose?
Any executive who runs a meeting usually has a specific agenda that won't change no matter what anybody says or how eloquently he states it.
"Boss, I think given the downturn in business last year, we should be looking into insurance, cosmetics, the expanding elderly market, and anything to do with funerals and death."
Jenkins, let's give that some consideration and then dismiss it entirely.
To save time, the clown in charge should abolish all meetings effective immediately. This will no doubt earn him or her a place in history, and possibly some kind of Business Humanitarian Award.
Taking a meeting could be replaced by management CCing a few key players and spelling out what they need to accomplish in the weeks or months ahead, and how best to achieve their goals.
This simple move would eliminate the ass kissing, the groveling, the posturing, the phony camaraderie, the rollicking laughter when the boss tells a dumb joke, and all the other bullshit that goes along with it.
But then, maybe I'm missing the point.
CC THIS TO THE KEY PLAYERS ON YOUR TEAM.