Careful research has uncovered a surprising activity. Ducks hold meetings in the park. And these meetings have remarkable similarities to business meetings (such as the ones held in conference rooms, for example).
Here's what they do.
1) No one pays attention to anyone.
Every duck is looking in a different direction. Most don't even appear to be part of the meeting. And none of them are watching the duck who is quacking. But they are all there because ducks have to know about everything that is happening in the park.
2) Ducks deliver lengthy monologues.
One duck will deliver a long string of heartfelt quacks.
This may last only half a minute but that's a long time for a bird with an attention span of three seconds. It's useful, however, because during this monologue the other ducks forget what they were going to say. So they begin quacking about something else.
Of course, if no one is listening, it doesn't matter what you say.
3) More than one duck quacks at the same time.
Research on duck social dynamics has shown that this occurs because none of the ducks care about what the anyone else is saying. So everyone talks (or quacks) about whatever comes to mind in the moment.
4) The meeting seems to lack organization.
This may take some careful study because of the similarities to meetings held by people. Nevertheless, it's true. The ducks started this meeting without a goal or an an agenda. As a result, ducks never know when a meeting has ended.
5) Ducks come and go throughout the meeting.
Since nothing is being accomplished, it doesn't matter when you arrive or leave. Some ducks simply walk through a meeting while offering a few thoughtful quacks.
6) No one seems to be in control.
Without a goal or an agenda, any duck can run the meeting. And they do. Sometimes the duck who started the meeting has left to attend another meeting. But the rest of the ducks remain, quacking away.
7) There are no minutes.
Here the ducks show unexpected wisdom. Since they accomplish nothing, there is no reason to write about it.
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