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Journal of nicholas (3034)

Friday September 30, 2005
06:36 AM

beware of meetings

[ #26949 ]

I suggested a new policy which Mark seems to like:

If there is no agenda provided for a meeting, then all the chairs are confiscated

It is not clear if it is possible to ensure that this policy will be rigerously enforced.

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  • Apparently Queen Victoria disliked meeting politicians so much that she insisted that they held their meetings standing up. Even today I believe the Privy Council meets standing up. It's supposed to make for very short meetings...

    I offer no evidence to back up this claim. I could be totally wrong, but as I've just gone though a long irrelavent (to me) meeting and I can see the logic.

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    -- "It's not magic, it's work..."
  • How about: "If no agenda is provided, attendance is prohibited."
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    xoa

    • I don't think we're able to jump to that directly.

      • When you get there, go to the next step, which is "All agenda items must specify a deliverable." For example, it's not enough to have an agenda item of "project schedule" or "Talk about project schedule" or even "Discuss feasability of schedule." It must also include "Deliverable: approve or disapprove tentative end date of 11/7.". It's not enough to have a meeting to "talk about" something. You're there to make something happen, not shoot the shit. If you want to shoot the shit, that's fine, but then
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        xoa

  • I've a friend who was flabbergasted that a Vice President at her company demanded more paperwork. Essentially, you had to start a form to call a meeting and after the meeting was over you had to complete the form. This involved stating what the objectives were, whether or not they had been accomplished and if other issues arose from the meeting. Then the form had to be circulated amongst the meeting participants for sign-off and finally the form had to be returned to HR.

    My friend confronted the VP and