It can be a struggle to get through the second half of the day.
Staff meetings – we’ve all suffered through them. They’re a necessary evil and can be productive. Unless you work with that person who won’t stick to the agenda, the person who shoots down every idea but offers none of their own, the person who drones on endlessly, or this guy from a recent Ask a Manager letter.
What do you think of a CEO who starts every executive team meeting with each person reciting their name (as a way to “own” their words), their “word of essence” (a word you use to describe your true character, what’s really important to you, etc.), and their Myers-Briggs personality type, and then discuss everyone’s answers? This is a group of five people who meet every other week. It makes me insane to waste time like this, but I appear to be the only person who feels this way. We have all worked together for 2+ years, so it’s not an ice-breaker or anything. I feel like it would be just as useful to recite my zodiac sign, and about as accurate. Do I just have to suck it up and go along with it all?
(For my “word of essence,” I usually say “determined,” because I’m determined to get through another BS meeting.)
My word of essence in this situation would probably be “homicidal”. What’s your word of essence for today.