These people, most commonly middle managers, aren't morons**. They're victims of a epidemic: Meetingnesia***. It's the silent corporate productivity killer -- follow-up meetings are spent rehashing and rearguing previously agreed-upon topics rather than accepting this and moving on. How can you tell if your coworker is a sufferer? Here are some common statements that can clue you in:
- "Is this the same chart as last time? I remember it differently."
- "I don't remember agreeing to that"
- "Was that in the email?"
- "Did you email this?"
- I think we need to start over on this. Run a few more scenarios and get back to us."
* Or maybe forgetful. Or liars. Or a combination. But none of these are as funny as "morons". I love that word.
** Or, more accurately, aren't NECESSARILY morons.
*** The "g" is silent.