In every meeting, you will find some bosses sitting with their subordinates. Many times, bosses have no clue about ground reality. They have to rely on subordinate for detailing. If meeting held between “n” number of departments/functions , expect “2n+” participant in meetings. Each boss will have atleast one subordinate to support him.
Some of them come with 3-4 subordinates just to remain secure. If they don’t have answer of technical query, immediate subordinate has to be ready with data and process input.
Many smart bosses use management jargons to hide the fact that they don’t know much. Instead on talking to point, technical jargon or exceptions is best tool to defend.
I had two bosses who use to start a remembered transcript on transformation, process improvements, and need of robust system. We need to listen along with operation managers. These jargons create curiosity without delivering concrete result.
Many times, I attended the meeting to download management’s mandate. These meetings had something else other than what had been said to deliver.
Managing productive meeting is big task. One man writes down minutes which hardly gets distributed or reviewed.
Meetings are best time pass for many. Operation manager has tough task to explain the same process to multiple Transformation executives.