Wednesday, May 7, 2008

To get something done, a committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent - Robert Copeland

It's the middle of the working week and you have probably had a hand full of meetings already right? What a waste of time they can be. How many times do you come from a meeting where the main result was that you just scheduled another few meetings in the future.
Now those meetings will basically be just the same, so you will be exponentially increasing the amount of meetings you go to until they totally dominate your time. Sound familiar? What a ball ache. And even if you are able to accept the fact that you will have to waste a few hours a day in meetings, there is still the almost impossible task of having to put up with the jerks that live off talking crap to other people. A decent survival technique is to play a kind of hangman game. Write down those cliche phrases that seem to come up over and over, then every time the jerks mention them you tick off a part of the hangman. Some of the phrases: Raising the bar, at the end of the day, going forward, get all our ducks in a row, give one hundred and ten percent, think outside the box, in a nut shell and the all time shocker remember there is no I in team ... avoid them at all costs! Rather spice it up with some of your own one liners to make them think. PlanetPi suggests: The beatings will continue until morale improves, lets get our shit on one sock and one I read recently "As you all know, first prize is a Meredes. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired."

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