Although Much Maligned, Pesky Meetings Can Still Have Value

The humorist Stephen Baker, who died last month, writes in "I Hate Meetings" (Macmillan Publishing, 1983) that meetings definitely serve a purpose. Really. "Consider this: Our
national economy is based on a 35- to 45-hour workweek.," Baker writes, well before the entire idea of the "workweek" was obliterated. "Without meetings the figure would dwindle
to a few hours at the most. Our whole system, as we know it, would collapse."