This Bear has to attend a number of in-house meetings as well as initiate and conduct meetings. Meetings that are without some sort of structure drive me up the proverbial wall.
For the meetings that I conduct I always develop an AGENDA and ask that attendees stick to the agenda. But, even with that rule, I have lost control of some meetings. This usually occurs when participants start talking over each other and (often) break away into side conversations.
Years ago, when I was at the manufacturing plant, our VP Ops was from a New Jersey facility. He was rude and opinionated, but if a meeting he was conducting ever split into multiple meetings (side-talkers) the offenders were closer to walking the looking-for-a-new-job sidewalk. I am not that tough.
Today I was at a meeting that exhibited these characteristics. It wasn't my meeting and I did not join the rude side conversations that were taking place, The meeting's moderator was very ticked. I don't blame her.
You folks attend a fair number of meetings. Are they structured? What are the dynamics? What say you?