I have to sit through a staff meeting every week. These meetings are painful, or at least I find them very painful to sit through and in fact I have walked out of one just because I could not bare to sit through it any longer. They tend to be dominanted by two or three people and the chair isn't really a chair but just someone who calls out the agenda items and then 'they' are of and racing.
I come from a business culture where meetings were ran effeciently, with proper agenda items, timed discussions, started on time, finished on time etc etc.
I do not particpate in these meetings because I honestly feel that the items up for discussion are trivial and a waste of time. I want to discuss what I condider to be the real issues of the organisation.
However, I am concerned that my lack of particpation in these meetings will begin to affect the way I am percieved and hurt my chances of promotion.
Any comments on how I should go about changing the meeting format or how to genuinely get involved or passionate about mundane issues. How do I say to people, "these meetings are so bad that I do not want to sit through them anymore".
What can I do?