The Wall Street Journal (16 May 2011) had a interesting portrayal this week of the various types of people that tend to spoil meetings.
From low to high on nuisance level, these were as follows:
1) Jokesters–“cracks jokes, appropriate or not.”
2) Ramblers–goes on and on and often off topic.
3) Dominators–dictates to others with their opinions.
4) Naysayers–derails progress with negativity.
5) Plotters–passive-aggressive undermines decisions.
From my experience, I would add a few others (in no particular order):
6) Politicians–focuses on coming away looking good instead of on resolving issues.
7) Positioners–vies for a bigger piece of the pie, whatever flavor it is.
8) Honorees–comes to take all the credit, and politely thank everyone for their support.
9) Bystanders–shows up, but can’t or won’t contribute anything of value.
10) Bewildered–unsure even why they are here, but were told to just show up.
11) Malcontents–they are unhappy and they show it, so who cares anymore.
12) Socializers–shares personal tidbits and whispers about where they want to go lunch or for happy hour afterwards.
For all the meeting attendees out there, life is not a box of cherries, but you don’t have to make it the pits! 😉
(Source Photo: here with attribution to Voka – Kamer van Koophandel Limburg)