You’ve been sitting in the meeting for 93 minutes. It feels like 93 days. It was supposed to last an hour, max, but the Senior VP is in the room, and the point of the session was to discuss his pet project, and no one wants to be the first to crack. Everyone else is busy making gratuitous points designed to flatter Mr. Big. You’re entertaining fantasies about throwing a cream pie, or worse, at the blowhard who just won’t stop talking about how successful the project will be. You know it’s doomed to fail; it’s the high-tech equivalent of selling ice to the Inuit.
You’re asking yourself, who’s in charge here? How did all these reasonably well-intentioned people get so far out of whack? And, more to the point, how can this juggernaut be stopped?
This is every day story in our beloved organization. Unit meetings, section meetings, department meetings, committee meetings, senior management meetings, board meeting, etc. Then what time do they have for any thing else. Lets see:
Office opens at 8:00am, card in and go for tea, when return it will be 9:30am. Check mails, organize their work for the day, oh its 10:30 tea break. As they return meetings starts. Mostly un-planned meetings which, has no focus on any subject but chat and chat. Some call it time pass and get away for their personal reasons. The weirdest thing is no-ones follows up the discussed matters in these meetings.
I will leave you all to decide how productive most of these meetings are!