Friday, December 19, 2008

The Meeting

The meeting goes on.

The same point has been made by different people several times and by the same people at least twice.

The meeting continues.

Eventually, fatigue and the fact that there is nothing more to say will spark a desire for some sort of conclusion. That will be proposed by the team leader or any of the members. The terms will be pawed over and, if the group is fortunate, agreement will be reached.

"Reached" is the key word. It may appear that the course of action could have been achieved within five minutes from the start of the meeting, but that is wrong. The meeting process must take place first. The prolonged exchange is one of our tribal rites. Avoiding it is taboo.

As a congressman once noted, "Everything has been said, but not everyone has said it."

What seems minor is not.


Kurt Harden said...

Brilliant. A 10-minute meeting is almost seen as a failure even if the necessary resolution is met. Sad

Larry Sheldon said...

A university professor of my acquaintance says that "a thing has not been well-said until I have said it."

Capcha = 'cogyperl'

Wonder if that is a new geekism. And if it struck anybody else here.

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure I'll borrow this one. It'll be a good tip of the week.