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Bacalís Law of Meaningless Utterances

A minute spent in organising is said to be equal to an hour gained. A great deal of the time of the managers is spent on transacting with other people. The manager has to ensure that no amount of time is spent on meaningless exchanges. Any conversation without an objective or without the proper analysis of the subject matter can result to the loss of time and resources. Bacal’s law of meaningless utterances try to scrutinise the outcome of futile exchanges between the people.

The leader has to conduct a proper analysis of the topic to be discussed prior to the meeting to avoid meaningless statements from him. Every conversation must be made with the intention of achieving some objective. Once the meeting have convened, the stand of the other has to be carefully analysed.

The intention of the other party is revealed through the matter presented by them. A roundabout way of exchange from the other shows his unwillingness to the suggestions put forth or his disinterest in the topic discussed. To continue with such a discussion will be a pointless effort as it results in the waste of time without reaching in a significant outcome. If the opposition shows their unwillingness the manager has to scrutinise the cause for the same and depending on the nature of the cause, approach the same person with the matter on another occasion or take measures to another who would be interested in what is to be said. The lack of knowledge on the matter in hand could be another cause for the meaningless conversations.

Getting side tracked from the point of discussion can turn out to be expensive to the company depending on the gravity of the matter. The success of the manager lies in his ability to come to a conclusion out of the discussion. Tactful way of dealing with the opponent might help to give an insight on the cause for the pointless discussion. If the cause is the lack of knowledge on the topic to be discussed, the manager can put an end to the current conversation and take measures to deal with someone who is more knowledgeable on the topic. If it is the disinterest in the current proposal, measures to present an attractive proposal have to be taken. Sometimes, the past experiences with the presenter and his company could have been the cause for disinterest. This is quite evident in the dealings with the marketing executives. An unchanged way of presentation starting with a brief history of the company and its dealings with the client who is aware of the same, will fail to generate an active participation. The origin of the failure to capture the attention must be carefully analysed to prevent further loss to the business.

An executive of the company must be dynamic, skilled, pragmatic and intuitive to analyse the cause for the same and take the corrective action. To quote Steve Jobs, “Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

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