I used to think that short meetings were best. Clearly, I confused the private with the social optimum.
For bonus points compare the picture with Tyler’s discussion of meetings. How many items can you spot?
Meetings are not always about the efficient exchange of information, or
discovering a new idea. Meetings can be about displays of power,
signaling that a coalition is in place, wearing down an opponent,
staging "theater" to make someone feel better, giving key players the
feeling of being insiders, transmitting information about status, or
simply marking time until something better happens. It’s one thing to
hate meetings. But before you can improve them, make sure you know what
meetings are all about.
Hat tip to J-Walk Blog for the picture.