I start every department meeting thinking “this time, I’m not going to say much.” This normally lasts about two minutes.

Intellectually, I have learned that, even though I think I can help bring an extended discussion to its end by jumping in, my intervention never quite works that way. I know it doesn’t work. Nevertheless, I try, again and again—maybe this time I’ll have the words of wisdom that stop us from going around in circles—“Well, what about….”

It never works.

Inspired by this (public and free) Chronicle piece on the same issue.