For help with your meetings next week, you may find the following game useful.
HOW TO STAY AWAKE AT MEETINGS
1. Before (or during) your next meeting, seminar, or conference call, prepare yourself by drawing a square. I find that 5"x 5" is a good size. Divide the card into columns, five across and five down. That will give you 25 one-inch blocks.
2. Write one of the following words/phrases in each block: * synergy * strategic fit * core competencies * best practice * bottom line * revisit * take that off-line * 24/7 * out of the loop * benchmark * value-added * pro-active * win-win * think outside the box * fast track * result-driven * empower (or empowerment) * knowledge base * at the end of the day * touch base * mind-set * client focus(ed) * paradigm * game plan * leverage and last but not least *MOVING FORWARD......
3. Check off the appropriate block when you hear one of those words/phrases.
4. When you get five blocks horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, stand up and shout, "BULLSHIT!"
Testimonials from satisfied "Bull Shit Bingo" players:
"I had been in the meeting for only five minutes when I won...." -Paul D., Tulsa
"My attention span at meetings has improved dramatically...." - David D., Okla City
"The atmosphere was tense in the last process meeting as 14 of us waited for the fifth box....." - Ben G., 3M, Los Angeles
"The speaker was stunned as eight of us screamed 'BULLSHIT!' for the third time in two hours...." - Frank K. Berry, Oklahoma
Thank you for your humorous "bottom line" take on company meetings which surely, "at the end of the day", will bring a laugh to the many "out-of-the-loop" readers who "touch base" here to "revisit" old times at DOW.
Uh oh...did I just here someone yell "BULLSHIT"?
Lady_Chemist (delivering more BS in a single sentence than even the most highly trained management)