COMPANY CONFERENCES.: The Perils of Table-Sitting

ONCE upon a time, so the story goes, a businessman had a nightmare. He was forced to watch helplessly while production was slowly strangled because of company conferences. Everyone, from vice presidents to foremen, was so busy conferring that no one had time to do any work. When the businessman awoke, he found the nightmare was real. His company was indeed paralyzed by too many conferences. His solution: a conference to do something about conferences.

As U.S. business has grown bigger and more complex, it has become increasingly hard for executives to...

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