“Oh, that chair? That’s manufactured by the Isinbot Regal Steelworks Frame and Manufacturing company based in Clear Falls, Idaho. That company was founded in 1739 by a guy named Easton Brookshire. It was close to bankruptcy few years ago but they found a new market and turned it around. The material covering the seats comes from Himilayan wool from, well, here (turns to computer and starts thrashing at the keys) let me show you this video….”
My question to this person was simply, “you using that chair?”
He was a full set of encyclopedia’s not a Reader’s Digest. EVER. Which is not to say he didn’t know a little about a lot, he did. But his social skills wouldn’t register that you weren’t looking for a dissertation. EVER.
You have all encountered the type and worst of all, this person is often in a meeting. There’s an old commercial from my younger days (clearly showing the branding worked) whose tagline was “When E.F. Hutton speaks, people listen” and when this type of person speaks, no one listens. You can feel the silent groans; see the exhange of WTF looks; hear the pen drops on the table as you close your eyes and brace for the long side road you are about to be dragged down. And everyone just sits there. Doing nothing.
Why is this allowed? Guess what? If this person is dealing with clients, they are doing the same things to them as to you when they launch.
You have to reel these folks in because it’s costing you in co-workers not wanting to work with them, clients not wanting to work with them and shit tons of lost time. But in my particular case, everyone (and I mean EVERYONE, all the way to top management) knew about it and no one did anything, just let it run like wildfire.
Management was complicit by their inaction for the death of efficiency, garbled communication, workplace apathy and poor customer experiences.
If you have this problem in your work place, it’s time to stop brushing it off and address it.