May 30, 2007

Board Room A0

I like dictatorship only when I'm not at the receiving end; else I love democracy. And I love meetings too. Especially late night ones when one can make fun of life even at 11:59:59 PM :-). It's kind a funny. I was doing some thinking (Doc has asked me to workout my grey cells), and discovered that all the meetings (with more than 9 participants) are common in one aspect - The types of participants. If you keenly observe, these attendees can be classified (or generalized) into 4 types:

(Please Note: I'll be using the masculine gender most of the times, though feminine gender can be aptly placed in the categorization)

1. The Beast: He is the king of the jungle, the Boss. The beginer who tries to make people talk constructively and most of the times fails in that. He's the one who sometimes buries his head in the hands (his, not Monica's, u cheapster! :-)). But he's the one who reaches to some conclusion.

2. The Crocodile: He is there to counter act and to talk. For him opening the mouth is synonymous with putting forth the opinion, or in their own words, contribution. He is there to kill. You'll often notice his thumping of palms on the table. If murders were legal, those will be the ones on top of your list.

3. The Hyena: He is only there to push the meeting. Just toss a ball (question) to him and relax and enjoy your cofee. He'll start from software, move to Risk and Change Management and fly the topic from Iraq to drought in Australia to FIFA's proposal on not playing football at high altitudes to Islamic Banking and back to bug list of software.

4. The Elephant: He is there only to help himself with the biscuits and potato chips. For them such meeting is a chance to save money on snacks. There will be times when he will nod or give a soft smile (as if Global warming will force Jennifer Garners of the world to wear short skirts with Noodle strip tops). But take my word, these are totally harmless creatures.

So the appraisal time is around and meetings will be held. Next time you participate in such a meet, do classify the participants and try to find some other types as well. Till then happy increments.

PS: Next time in meeting, try to visualize people in other's faces. Say your Boss as Mike Tyson in the ring!
Query in mind: Can any one have a complete control on life? Or luck plays it's part?
[1.] It surely does [2.] It's all your effort honey [3.] What control? I don't like sharing my under pants

When you're looking in her eyes you can see forever,
You're captured by the beauty of her soul,
You know you're never gonna find a woman like this again
So don't let go oh, don't let go;
Will she love you tomorrow like she loves you today
She can keep your heart guessing but she's yours if she stays
And that's what it feels like.....To love a woman!!!
- (Lionel And Enrique)


Sudeep said...

Well..this time u touched really a sensitive and arguable topic so can't stop myself putting some of my thoughts on this.

In my view Luck surely plays its part in making or breaking of a man's fortune. Though i do agree that the freedom of choice rests upon a person but to what extent one can exercise that freedom is again luck. Again its wht a person experiences in his life takes him to certain conclusion or perspective but some experiences are so universal that you just cant ignore them.

Hope to see comments or extension of this discussion...

Nitin said...

Do agree to some extent with you. But most of the times it's our reaction to the situation that chalks the future paths!

Alessandra said...

I like the idea that my world is of my own making. We are creatures of the universe, yet powerful being when it comes to our own surroundings. And I am finding that if I want something all I have to do is ask, believe I deserve a good life, and be grateful. Then what I want or need appears on it's own.
(small example: A few weeks ago I was shopping yardsales with my crazy neighbor, and I said 'I really would love a pasta machine', voila, within minutes I had a new $45 pasta machine for only $7.)
Okay... I have grander examples of this working (New Job, New House, New City, New Love!)
And being grateful is so wonderful, it is it's own reward.

nitin said...

very true...Like Florida heat.

Sartaj said...

Personally, I believe, luck blesses you when you don’t expect it...When you are ready to take life by its horns and you get more than you bargained for.

You may call me unlucky.. but never been lucky when I hoped to be.

And when you’re down I guess it's better to analyze the situation rather than blame luck...for life is a lesson, the more you learn, the better person you become.