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'Why is it that nothing ever gets done at these meetings?'
"Under new business: Peterson, at Hammond Point Beach, reports that a person in the water is flailing about and calling for help. Peterson wants to know what action, if any, he should take."
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An agenda is eaten by a hidden agenda.
"And then on Friday at two you're scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection."
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"Miss Durban, is there anything C.E.O.-ish for me to do?"
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"That's all very nice, Jefferson, but do you have any other new business?"
'Ms. Smith, I have a meeting in ten minutes and I can't find my hidden agenda.'
"Sounds a little like the 'party line' to me."
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"I'm sure you want little Jimmy to have a complete set of 'Muscular Heroes of the Cosmos,' now, don't you, Mr. Bennett?"
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"I'm going to give it all up and follow St. Francis."
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"Great for worship then! Great for retail now!"
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'...any other business?'
'I fear we may have strayed from the agenda somewhat.'
"It's obviously what this whole space thing was about from the first!"
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'Our short-term solution is money. Our long-term solution is more money.'
'Now that we all agree on the agenda, a show of hands on how many want to keep it hidden.'
"I have an agenda but I don't have a timetable."
'Son, history is important because it's the story of our past that we rewrite to understand our present.'
'Last week many of us had a tight schedule so our meeting was rushed and very short. Miss Jones, please read us the seconds of our last meeting.'
'You've got pussyfooting from 10 to 11, shilly-shallying until 12, then hemming and hawing the rest of the afternoon.'
"The meeting's at 10. I'll send you a copy of the agenda, the hidden agenda and your personal agenda."
"Walking down here and asking if I can get you some more detergent from the store is just the beginning of my fence-mending agenda."
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"Okay, if that's all the finger pointing we have today, we can move on!"
'You need to be more persistent. Now, get out of here and keep coming back until you've worn me down.'
The Meeting Agenda: Start Simple