Characters In A Board Room

by | Oct 24, 2016

Do you ever feel like you are surrounded by a bunch of crazy people? If not, don’t continue to read this. If yes, then you have very good sense of observation.

Couple of months ago I got this unforeseen chance to deal with some incredible people in a discussion. A discussion to find a solution for a problem. I was full of ideas and suggestions at the start of this argument until I started to notice how these people talk. I said adios to my ideas which I wanted to share and started observing them, how each one presents their opinion in a discussion. Then I categorized them into 6 types.

Verbal Hitlers – They are the ones who never let you speak. They basically dominate the discussion with their loud voice and talks a lot about things that doesn’t make any sense. We may think that the Article 19 (1) (a) never should have written in our constitution if you are sitting next to one of them.

The Shakespeareans – These people comes up with good suggestions and speaks in poetic language. It is quite hard to understand what they are saying because most of the time they speak in riddles. They are calm, quiet and act like they are thinking too much by constantly looking at the ceiling biting the tip of their pen.

Jesus Christs – They know the correct solution to the problem at the start of the discussion, but everyone will oppose his opinion and crucifies him. He remains silent throughout the show and at last everyone agrees on what he said first. But the sad part is that nobody accredits him.

Charlie Chaplins – They know what to say and when to say. But they need their full body to communicate. It is very interesting to watch them speak. They move their arms and legs gracefully to make the listeners understand the depth of their thoughts.

Minions – When you say banana, they will also say banana. They are the ultimate followers. They agree to everything you say without thinking about it. It is good to be surrounded by them if you want to win an argument by number of votes.

Boomerangs – They will start by talking about anything, but will always end up with topics of their interest. It is really interesting to watch them finding links between things that really don’t have any relation.

It doesn’t matter whichever category you fall in, what matters is contemplating things that you feel is important. In this same group I met another kind. He believes in “when you speak less, you do more”. It made complete sense when he came up with this calculation. If you don’t talk for 5 minutes a day, you will gain 30 x 5 = 150 minutes in a month. That is 2.5 hours a month. What would you do with this time? For time is what life is made up of.

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  1. Prajakta

    Nice post . Very apt categorisation of people 😊

  2. Anupama Pain

    Enjoyed reading … now some more reflective longer pieces coming up i hope; the ones that require a dictionary!


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