What on earth is going on? I missed the first ten minutes of the meeting now I’m playing catch up. Quickly scanning the minutes of last meeting leaves I am none the wiser. It doesn't help that I’m not sure who's who, clearly I'm not the only substitute. The agenda seems to be jumping around, people’s names are dropped but I have no idea why they are important. The chair seems keen for everyone to have a say and some people have clearly come with something to say although the relevance of their contribution is not yet clear. A couple of people seem preoccupied with what’s happened in the past, going into great detail about who agreed what with whom. I listen intently hoping for clues. By the time we get to the last agenda item I think I am on safer ground and able to ask a question without appearing foolish. I don't want people to say he came and didn’t say a word.
On my way out I over hear one of my colleagues say to the person she was sitting next to " so just to recap .....did we decide we were or we weren't doing ...." It appears I was not the only one confused.
Blair McPherson former director, author and blogger www.blairmcpherson.co.uk