Today’s Meeting’s Topic: “What Should Tomorrow’s Meeting Be About?”

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Still seeing some stragglers coming in here. Okay, I’ll give it just a few more minutes. I understand some of you are returning from lunch but, again, it’s important we make an effort to get to these meetings on time, otherwise we’re wasting everyone’s time. We want to keep these meetings tight and on-topic so they can be beneficial for everyone on the team. Looks like everyone’s in now. Today’s agenda: What do you think our meeting tomorrow should be about?

Melissa brought up an excellent point. If we did bump back the meeting times 30 minutes, we’d have some time to decompress after lunch. I agree to a certain extent. Really I do. But then it feels like the 30 minutes between lunch and the meeting are in some sort of limbo where we’re sitting there and don’t really have enough time to get any work done. And to bring up Terry’s point from yesterday, we’re adults and should be able to be ready for meetings when they’re scheduled. I don’t think that’s too crazy of an idea. Great here we are, off topic again. It’s already 1:15 and we haven’t even made any headway on what tomorrow’s meeting is going to be about.

I understand that we all have a lot of work to do, Melissa, but I disagree that these meetings are a waste of time. It’s important that we touch base every day to make sure everyone’s on the same page. It may not seem like it on the surface, but these meetings are what keep us running like a well-oiled machine. If we didn’t have them, who knows what sort of SNAFUs, pardon my language, what sort of SNAFUs might come about. When I’m talking to my boss, if I don’t have these meetings, I don’t have anything concrete to point to for what I’m doing all day. So remember this isn’t just about you, Melissa, it’s about all of us.

No. I don’t talk in circles. I can see why you think that, Melissa. Sometimes I reiterate an important point for emphasis to make sure everyone gets what I’m talking about. Again, we all need to be on the same page. If we’re not all on the same page, we stop being a… Yes, Terry, that’s right. A well-oiled machine. Being on the same wavelength is what makes us run correctly. I get what you’re saying. It’s important we understand how everyone’s feeling and where everyone’s coming from. From your perspective it probably seems that way, Melissa, but from my perspective I’m emphasizing important points. I talk in… I highlight the significant things so nobody misses it. It’s important we don’t waste everyone’s time and get straight to the point. And when we get to the point, we must emphasize it. And if that’s “talking in circles” to you, I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.

Where did the time go? Okay so it looks like we’re not going to make a dent in what tomorrow’s meeting should be about in the last five minutes we have here. So I’ll tell you what, why don’t we push back tomorrow’s meeting until the day after so we can strategize on how we should tackle that. We’ll use that time tomorrow to meet up as an extension of today’s meeting and make headway on what that next meeting should be covering. Don’t take off just yet, remember what we covered today about showing up on time and prepared. Maybe cut that lunch short. Be back here tomorrow at 1 and we’ll figure out what that next meeting’s going to be about.

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Detroit based comedy performer and writer. CEO at My Own Boss.

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Detroit based comedy performer and writer. CEO at My Own Boss.

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