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The 40%

November 22, 2011

I wish I were making this up.

We met often.

After the opening, approval of the previous meeting’s minutes,  and budget review, the next thing on the Committee’s agenda was to set the next meeting.

Given everyone’s schedules, dealing with the calendar could take quite a while.

It was sad that the calendar was also about the biggest thing we did.

Sadder still was that it didn’t seem to bother many around the table.

Saddest of all is that when several of us drifted away and quit, nobody seemed to notice.  At least, nobody from the group contacted us.

Copied this from a business journal recently: “Somebody who studies such things says Americans spend 40% of their work time in meetings.  Somebody else says that Americans waste 40% of their work time.”

I am happy to have my membership in that Forty Per Cent Club be questioned.

I am grateful for people who know when a meeting would be unnecessary or  even unproductive.

I am thankful for Boards, Committees and Teams that get the right things done at the right time.











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