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It does not take one long in business to identify the power brokers in a meeting or situation. When I was at Tyson Foods, I would attend monthly cost meetings where our seating arrangements were always pre-assigned. The seating never changed for the middle table. The tables were arranged in a U-shape with the VP of Live Production sitting in the middle of the U. To his right would be the Complex Manager and Complex Accountant. To his left would be the Plant Manager and Live Production Manager. The remaining managers in Live Production would sit along the outside of the legs of the U. Depending on how close you were to the center of the table would dictate the amount of explaining you would be undertaking in the meeting. The further down the legs of the U you sat meant that you would not be the focal point of the meeting. As you can see, each type of power would be exercised based on your seating arrangement.

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