Some work on various committee projects over the past year has reminded me of a great truth: A large number of people do not do their homework.
These are not dumb people nor are they lazy, but for some reason they frequently fail to check schedules, read minutes, monitor actions, and follow through on commitments. Have all of us fumbled in those areas? Sure, but we try not to make a habit of it and when we err, we apologize and blush a little.
This revelation, such as it is, is tied to another great truth: More contests are lost than won.