I am renown for my distaste for meetings of any kind and avoid them if at all possible. This stems from my bias for action I suppose. That and the erroneous notion of some that giving a ‘brief’ requires them to talk as much as possible in order to give the impression they have been doing something or actually have anything to say.
During one of my tours in Iraq there were so many meetings we were briefing the same information over and over again. I stopped attending them altogether and no one seemed to notice. One evening my company commander came in the office after an entire day of meetings, planning conferences, logistics coordination pow-wows, and such. He recounted how the CO lost his mind when he was briefed the same info in the afternoon he’d been briefed in the morning. He wanted to know why in the world he couldn’t get any traction on the issue.
“None of us had the balls to tell him we’d been stuck in a room with him all day, that’s why.”
Just another great day in American military history.