Seth Godin did it again! His blog on meetings is right on target. They are about 3 things only: Information, Discussion, or Permission. Confusion, Godin notes, happens when a meeting morphs off on another tangent other than the one called for. For my money that is due to leadership allowing digressing tangents (sometimes good breathers after long periods of discussion). With all the meetings I go to, call for and participate in, I wonder what would happen if I wore a sticker indicating what I was doing at the meeting: informing, discussion or getting permission?