Thursday, June 19, 2008

Snares in the Agenda

Pretend that you are about to conduct a board meeting. Which of the following motions will eat up most of the time?

  1. To remove reserved parking spaces for board members.
  2. To spend $1,200,000 on a research study.
  3. To change the organization's slogan from "Making You Glad" to "Making You Happy."

[If you answered 1 and 3, you understand the psychology of committees. If your answer was 2, you are far too rational.]

2 Comments:

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Pete Warden said...

All too painfully true. I've also heard this described as Parkinson's Law, or the color of the bikeshed problem, after the example of the time spent debating a nuclear reactor design versus the paint to use on a bike shed.

 
At 7:24 PM, Blogger Michael Wade said...

And if the bikeshed isn't on the agenda, some people will try to create one!

 

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