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In for a Penny: A Business Adventure by Peter Hargreaves

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Chapter 10: Making Your Organisation Work

Avoid Meetings Like the Plague

Let’s get one thing straight. Meetings are the scourge of industry. Anyone in business should be constantly campaigning to abolish all meetings. If the public sector abolished meetings, it would probably be able to operate with 3% of the people that it currently employs. Meetings stop people from doing their jobs. If you cut out the meetings, you could probably also lose 90% of your middle management. I have never relented in my quest to stop meetings. The truth that a camel is a horse designed by a committee is so true that it’s sad. Often when I see a meeting in progress in Hargreaves Lansdown, I open the door and join it. I sit down at the table. The striking thing ...

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