Have just come back from an appointment. The glad tidings being that I was asked: “Who is leading this meeting? You or me?” I didn’t say that anyone having to ask that question surely must know the answer. I smiled and put myself on a leash.
Who is leading this meeting depends on whether you are at the doctor office or the police station.
Comment by bikehikebabe66 — January 29, 2013 @ 18:16
When I was working, our faculty union president would start the meeting like this: “If I could, I would like to start this meeting, if it’s okay with the group?” I pulled her aside and told her that she needed to be a bit more assertive in her leadership style. At the time, the union was very weak and being taken advantage of by the administration of the college (we were the lowest paid faculty in the state). I wonder why…
Comment by Lorna's Voice — January 29, 2013 @ 22:40
Your faculty union president’s opening line would here be taken as sarcastic. Not that sarcasm equals being assertive. I am naturally assertive, a vice I need to keep under control. Cost me at an interview a couple of years ago: “Excellent candidate, too outspoken.” What can you say? I love backhanded compliments.
I suppose, like with everything in life, we need to find the right balance. Trouble is, and it can be trouble, is that what is normal AND expected in some cultures doesn’t translate too well into another. Though, I think, and hope, that one of the more positive side effects of globalization is that we do make allowances. Though wouldn’t wish a Scandinavian on a Japanese. It won’t work. Either way.
Comment by bitchontheblog — January 30, 2013 @ 04:08
I just wish more of the meetings I have to attend were led at all. By anybody. By someone who actually has a clear plan of action as opposed to wittering away pointlessly and enjoying the sound of their own voice.
Comment by Nick — January 30, 2013 @ 15:44
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