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  • This leads to one of my favorite silly topics: Nobody Does Anything Anywhere.

    One of the few things that have been consistent at organizations I've worked at or consulted with is that most of the people do very little. So little, in fact, that it's amazing anything gets done at all. And most of my colleagues have had this same experience. It doesn't matter what the company is: a nonprofit advocacy organization, real estate, a utility company. There are huge inefficiencies riddled throughout the company -- the larger the company, the worse it is.

    But what's truly remarkable is that things do get done. People and companies somehow muddle through whatever it is they're supposed to be doing, eventually coming to some sort of conclusion. Credit card transactions do get processed, even if it takes a while and a person has to step in at some point. (This might be more of a "give up and declare victory" sort of thing, but if it is everyone's doing it!)

    And even nuttier: companies in the US are supposed to be the most productive in the world. If that's true, what the heck are they doing everywhere else? Maybe they've got their work vs. life priorities straight :-)