The late Milton Berle used to joke that a meeting is a thing that keeps minutes but loses hours.
In full disclosure, I’m not a fan of meetings – never have been, never will.
I’ve worked for several companies that were mired in a meeting culture. One former employer once held meetings to determine exactly when we would schedule meetings.
But that was not the worst of it.
Late one Friday afternoon, we received a group email for an emergency meeting scheduled for 6 pm. Amidst the moans and groans of fellow staffers and frantic calls home to postpone any weekend plans, the CEO entered room and declared that we actually weren’t having a meeting, he just wanted to see how quickly we could assemble in case we did need to have one.
Trust me I can’t make this stuff up.