6 Key Personalities in Meetings
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This is a somewhat frivolous post today. I’ve written something similar to this before and have been seeking for it but cannot find it. Re-writing this today has allowed me to take a perhaps lightly differing view upon the characters. What is described below is obviously an exaggeration, but I think likely serves as an insight.
The Serial Member
This member loves joining committees. Often late to arrive at meetings or leaving apologies due to other commitments (on other committees) This person loves to be the chair. A stickler for protocol, insisting on being address “Madam” or “Mister” and using such wording as “point of order”.
This person is usually The Treasurer. Fiendishly protecting any funds, this person will will be more protective of the budget than their own personal finances. Any proposals for spending money will be met with a sharp intake of breath through their teeth.
This person will be given responsibilities beyond their ability and blamed for anything that goes wrong. Every tiny detail of what they have done or not done is scrutinised and criticized. Often a “yes” person in an attempt to please, this person rarely, if ever completes the jobs they are asked to do. Those items are regularly passed over for the next meeting.
This person has no idea why they are on the committee and has likely reluctantly been co-opted onto it to make up the numbers and keep quiet. Rarely given any sort of responsibility, this person is generally expected to agree with the view of the most dominant person on the committee.
This member of the committee loves to be in charge, craves praise, recognition and appreciation and attempts to do everything. This person gives their all and some. The martyr often becomes disillusioned when they perceive others in the organisation are not pulling their weight. This results in moans, grumbles and ultimately cynicism. They will reluctantly release any responsibilities to other members and sometimes will actively seek to sabotage the attempt by others to take on the responsibilities they once had.
This person will make a big fuss about anything they do no agree with and will threaten to resign at the slightest whim. Much like The Martyr, this member seeks to dominate the group and sulks if they do not get their own way.
Have you ever served on a committee?
Have you witnessed these characters on committees?
Have you ever played the part of one of these as I have?
I’d love to see your responses.
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