His Loss Is Our Gain

The Bullshit Observer on attending yet another meeting:

I have a 2.5 hour meeting this afternoon. A full 95% of this meeting will be a fingernails-on-the-chalkboard waste of my time. I’m bringing an illustration in that I’ve been wanted to sketch. I’ve done some of my best drawing in meetings.
As a plebeian worker ant in today’s business world, one goes to A LOT of meetings. Some of the director-level worker ants I know have, on average, five meetings a day. It’s a 9-5 train wreck of meetings – which forces them to hit the Crackberry at 9pm just to keep up. If we spent half as much time doing the work as we spend talking about doing work and the ways in which we’ll do the work, well, watch out China. We might even be able to cut back on those staffing meetings.



About David Burn

I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. Today—after working for seven agencies in five states—I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.