If People are Hell, What are Meetings?
Meetings burn time like mad. Workers in America today only work productively about 5 hours per day. This means they are trying to look busy 3 hours per day. Meeting fill these 3 slack hours with something which looks like work, but which is not work. Workers hate meetings, but the alternative, work, is even more despicable.
People like Maddogswif, love meetings, she is a people person, a manager. I, on the other hand, hate meetings, like people just fine, but find meeting to be seminally unproductive time wasting. Big firms are the worst, although law firms can be bad as well. The meetings I found least productive, and least enjoyable were "brainstorming" meetings. These were ubiquitous for their inability to happen upon a good idea. This seems to be because people are fearful that their creativity will be subject to derision, or humor. So, the ideas are mainstream, dull, and boring. To find true creative ideas, ask people to write their ideas down, and submit them. Only then have a meeting, and only meet to provide a read and understand session (no analytical discussion, only enough discussion to understand the idea). Then repeat by asking the group to, on their own, submit new ideas, and improve the ideas from the read and understand meeting. Lather, rinse, repeat, until one or more gems are uncovered, cut, and finally polished.