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March 31, 2008

'Meetings are held because, while people detest them, they hate actually working more' — Tom Landis


Landis, president of a restaurant company that caters meetings, was quoted in Jared Sandberg's "Cubicle Culture" column about our love/hate affair with meetings, in the March 11, 2008 Wall Street Journal.

Landis's insight is so spot-on, it's not even funny.

But then, why am I laughing?


Something is happening here but you don't know what it is, do you, Mr. joe?

March 31, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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The real reason for meetings is that anything over four employees and you quickly lose track of what everyone else is doing and feel as if you are the only one.

Really...at least this should be the motivator.

In reality, there are a few reasons, to impose power or to kick ass...which may be an artifact of the previous or simply a desire to get others to do their damn job without having to can them.

I've worked places where half the employees were doing the work of the other half. And it isn't as though the 'lazier' half wasn't doing their job, it was just that they were incompetent. Laziness is actually a virtue...ask Henry Ford...err...after you dig him up and reanimate him. He claimed the best way to simplify a process was to find the laziest man in the shop and give him the task. He will figure out how to do it in the least amount of steps.

No, most people who like meetings also like work. They will work their asses off to do something that someone who is competent could do in 5 minutes. They feel meetings are a part of this. They want to try to motivate folks like me into doing more work because they are sick of seeing me play videogames all day. Regardless of when looking at the metrics a lazy person has finished several times that as a higher quality than the other person in the five hours a week they actually work. No...lazy people hate meetings...it interferes with their slack time. Hell, it is the slack time where I get my ideas on how to be more efficient...and I certainly don't need to talk to others to figure this out.

Anyhoo...sadly I put that life behind me. I work all day long putting in long hours except the 5 minute coffee breaks I get every 2 hours where I can post on websites. No more slacking for me. Back to the cubicle.

Posted by: clifyt | Apr 1, 2008 8:38:00 AM

I've never ever been in a meeting. Having very laid-back jobs meant I never could avoid work by meetings... Sad, really. But my (ex-corporate) boyfriend totally agrees with the title.

Posted by: Jen | Apr 1, 2008 6:12:16 AM

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