I was reading this entry on Forbes “The Art and Science of Team Optimization” (link), and I remembered a talk we had a few days ago with a few coworkers about those people addicted to meetings.
I’m not a SME in biology , but if you want to identify them is very easy. The following characteristics tend to define this type of people
- Meetings usually do not have no agenda, no topics at all
- This point is what make meetings a surprise every time. The subject of the meeting is usually something like “Checkpoint”. This word is so open and ambiguous that it can give rise to anything. These meetings tend to finish taking unexpected directions and perhaps, you take more unplanned work that you thought that you could fall.
- The addict organizes meetings of no less than 60 minutes
- Any meeting which initially lasts less than an hour, is considered a casual encounter. A target official of these people is to ruin your day. That is, if they can stretch the meetings a bit more, stealing time from here and there, that will be a big day for them. I still do not have access to it, but I am convinced that there is a group in Yammer where these people share their small achievements.
- Punctuality is optional
- This is fundamental, relativity at its maximum power. What it appears to be a lack of respect for you (5 minutes late, for example), for this kind of people is normal. And, of course, it goes in the 2 parts of a meeting, at the beginning and at the end of a meeting.
- They are always the same faces
- This is another principle of biology, where the crowd like tend to gather. I’m not much attend meetings; moreover it gives me pleasure to reject them when I see that they will be unproductive. However, what they usually do is look the same and, or chance, there is always the same faces. It’s amazing, there are people who spend their day to be “in meeting time”
And of course, to complete the phrase that defines this species: “bored or you feel alone? “Hold a meeting!“
Source: Internet (link)
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