Tag Archives: meetings

September 23, 2011, 9:05 am

Advanced faculty wrangling techniques

Getting a group of faculty members together to accomplish something has often been compared to herding cats. I disagree. When I want to get my cats all into one room to do something at the same time, all I have to do is stand in my kitchen, open a can of Friskies, and yell “Num nums!”

Three cats in a neat row.

Cats, neatly lined up. Completely unlike faculty.

Not so with faculty. If you have, say, 20 professor cats, and you would like them all to arrive in the same place at the same time, you can’t just send out a general email to all 20 of them that says “Num nums will be served in the kitchen at 6 pm.” Most professor cats will just delete that email, if they see it at all. Only 2 or 3 professor cats will show up – the ones with the most interest in num nums and the most criticisms to offer. They will spend the whole time coming…

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September 29, 2010, 7:00 am

On scheduling meetings

I work with very busy and important people, and I have to schedule meetings for them all to attend.

This is pretty much impossible.

(By the way, if you need to do the same, I highly recommend whenisgood.net.)

Anyway, I had to set up a meeting with many busy and important people, and of course there was no time that everyone could meet in the next couple of weeks. After days of back and forth, I finally picked a time that only three people would miss, and sent out an email with that time.

Within 10 minutes, two of the three people who were not available for that time slot sheepishly sent me an email saying that they could, in fact, be there for that meeting.