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  • 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 asked him bluntly why he would require anything so silly. He looked at her, smiled, and said "would I really do anything that silly?"

    That's when the light dawned on her. By making even calling a meeting such a pain in @$$, meetings were only called if they were really necessary. It actually appeared to work. People were avoiding calling meetings just to avoid all of that damned paperwork.