DIRECTIONS for question 1-5 : Read the given passage and answer the questions
Henry Mintzberg, in his book 'The Nature of Managerial Work', found that in large organizations managers spent 22 per cent of their time at their desk, 6 per cent on the telephone, 3 per cent on other activities, but a whopping 69 percent in meetings. There is a widely held but mistaken belief that meetings are for "solving problems" and "making decisions". For a start, the number of people attending a meeting tends to be inversely proportional to their collective ability to reach conclusions and make decisions. And these are least important elements. Instead hours are devoted to side issues, playing elaborate games with one another. All meetings have one thing in common: role-playing. The most formal role is that of chairman. Then there are the "cant-do" types who want to maintain the status quo. Then there are the "counter dependents", those who usually disagree with everything that is said. A popular game is pinching someone else's suggestions. In the end, meetings are a necessary though not necessarily productive psychological side-show.
According to Mintzberg, the purpose of meetings is to
Both A and B
None of the above
Answer: Option D. It has been clearly mentioned in the passage that it is a misconception that meetings in large organizations are held to solve problems or make decisions. The answer hence, is none of the these.
Who is the most formal role player in a meeting?
Both A and B
None of the above.
Answer: Option B. Refer to the line, 'The most formal role is that of chairman.' .
What does the word "status quo" mean?
Absence of Change
All of the Above
Answer: Option A. In the context of the passage, it can be inferred that it means absence of change.
The number of people attending a meeting tends to be inversely proportional to their collective ability to
Answer: Option D. Reaching conclusions is the answer as it has been evidently mentioned in the passage.
Counter- dependents are people who
Do not fight authority
Agree to whatever comes through consensus from the group
Disagree with whatever that is said
Take someone else's ideas
Answer: Option C. The author clearly states that counter-dependents are the people who disagree with everything said in a meeting