Why? Why do we do this? How many hours of our lives (and the lives of others) are we wasting on talking about pointless things like who is formatting the PowerPoint deck, who will bring copies, what to do if so-and-so brings up finance, who will monitor the clock? It boggles my mind that some people have to plan down to the last detail – including who is going to close the meeting.
You know who cares? No one. Not a single soul cares.
Except for maybe the douche bag executive I work with. He gets pissed – not even making this up – if the staple on a deck isn’t placed in the proper place. He’s been known to tear it in to, and send someone out of the room to make copies again in the right place. This is a man with an advanced degree, relatively good hair, and an ego that can barely fit in the room.
Really? Does the placement of the staple matter that much? Is it such an inconvenience to perhaps remove the staple to reveal the corner word? No, not really. What’s even less convenient is having to sit in that room in a meaningless meeting knowing that seconds of our lives are ticking away. Seconds that could be spent with loved ones instead of reviewing bar charts that everyone will immediately forget.
Can we make a pact? Let’s do it. I will if you will. The next time someone invites us to a meeting let’s slap them in the mouth and yell, “no!”
What say you?