I enjoy reading books by Iain Pears, author of An Instance of the Fingerpost and The Dream of Scipio - right now I'm in the midst of working my way through the interesting and funny mystery series involving an art historian/dealer & invesgtigator. Pear's writing has many funny points but this opening observation seemed perfect for real life as well: From Death an Restoration:
Business meetings are more or less the same all over the world, and have been since the beginning of time. There is the man in charge; the man supposedly in charge; the man wanting to be in charge; their minions, their enemies and tose waverers who float gently downstream, hoping things won't get too choppy. And there is always a dispute, which serves the purpose of making half-felt antagonisms real. Sometimes these are of importance and justify the energy expended on them. But not often.
Is it any wonder that people, in general, hate to attend business meetings when they have other things they must or would rather do? Thanks to Iain Pears for the point made!