“Jie, Jie, let us go to the other side.” Chris said to Jie-jie, Rachel
I know of a senior manager who is a “feng-shui” man. Every tie he wears, every meeting date he charts for presentation, every major moves he makes … he consults “feng-shui” master.
Every tie he wears means the colour of the tie he wears to meet different clients. He tells me sometimes he has to wear yellow, other time green and another time blue. It all depends who he is meeting and what day is the meeting.
He is also particular of which position should he be seated when meeting the CEO! According to him, if he is making a proposal for CEO’s approval, he must let CEO sit in a position which is most unfavourable to the CEO. Then, his proposal will be easily approved.
I read this interesting sidebar story today –
CEO Understood Authority
Sam Bronfman, the late CEO of the Seagram Company, entered a crowded conference room and, anxious to get on with the meeting, plopped into the nearest chair. One of his young assistants immediately said, “No, Mr. Bronfman, you’re supposed to sit at the head of the table.”
“Young man,” replied Mr. Bronfman, “wherever I sit is the head of the table.”
—Leadership journal (5-7-96) p. 12
That reminds me of a recent meeting that I attended. The conference table is a long table. There were seven other members. I was caught in an unexpected traffic jam on a Saturday afternoon. Thus though on time, I was the last one to arrive. When I walked in the conference room, the other seven members had occupied one side of the table, while with the Chairman sitting alone at the opposite side. That left me with no choice but to sit side by side with the Chairman. With two at one side, and seven others at the other side, though it was not a “hot seat”, it made me quite “uneasy”.
Thinking back, the “hot seat” was like when we encountered storms and cried out for Christ’s assistance.
Christ says, “Let us go over to the other side” (Mark 4:35). He does not say, “Let go to the middle of the lake to be drowned.”
So, why don’t face the storm victoriously? Why do we not keep cool on the “hot seat”? Why do we have so little faith?
The next time when you are placed on a hot seat, remember this –
With Christ in the conference room (my vessel)
I smile at the storm.
Because Christ is on board. (on the board, He is the CEO)
Which seat do you take in a meeting room?