I heard this quote second hand from a Tim Ferriss audio book, The Four Hour Work Week. For those that work with me on projects, you’ll know I go to great measures to avoid meetings. I have found theoretically, and experimentally that the work with respect to man-hours is much greater by optimizing desk sides and small group think. The routine meeting drives me nuts. Yes, there are times when big groups need to meet, but when they do, call a meeting. Can we all please stop meeting for the sake of meeting? One last thing, if we absolutely have to meet the host needs to bring an agenda. Too easy.
Here’s how Dave Barry sees it:
“Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate.”
PS. The Joint Staff absolutely qualifies as a “large organization” and we are guilty as charged. Apparently Dilbert thought of this too….