FDs and the Wasted Opportunity

What is it with FDs? I don’t need any sarcastic comments about Mr. Anchovy who should be a lion tamer (courtesy of Monty Python*) but why do they systematically kill meetings? What don’t they get about how they could and should be so great for the boards they sit on?

I’ve succeeded in witnessing the most bizarre behaviour from some five FDs in the last fortnight. These are almost identical scenarios that run as follows:

The FD states a series of some five to ten numbers in quick succession using a series of rarefied three-letter-mnemonics.

Next, they get all defensive when asked what that meant.

Then they make some slightly sardonic or under-the-breath comment like “Why didn’t you listen when I mentioned this last meeting?”

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