The length of meetings

At the end of one lengthy meeting this week, the chairman said to me that having looked at the agenda he had not expected it to be such a long meeting.  I pointed out that if you want to get some idea of how long a meeting is going to last, you don’t look at the agenda – you  look at the list of those who will be attending.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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One Response to The length of meetings

  1. franksummers3ba says:

    Lord Norton,
    Apropos of our recent exchange in regards to the word “referendum” this post reminds me of an old Latin adage which translates into English as “See the Mountains have laboured and produced a ridiculous mouse”. This has most often been applied to commitee and counciliar meetings of “the Great” throughout various stages of history. Usually however, it is only used when great expectations were in fact on the agenda and much time was consumed and the list of those attending was impressive.

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