Been at a new job for 3 days, and the boss has a "team building" meeting... at least that's what the meeting request says. I get there, there are cookies and coffee and all of my new team, about half of whom I've met. The boss who hired me comes in and closes the door. She proceeds to explain how her boss has given her a terrible performance appraisal. She makes several points about how she has been accused of unreasonable demands, poor communication, using charge accounts as punishment, and insulting her team in public. There is nothing but silence in the room. She says she is going to leave the room for 20 minutes and that when she comes back, we should have solutions to this problem. So she leaves and closes the door behind her. After about 30 seconds of silence, I say "Wow, that was uncomfortable." The lead engineer says, "Welcome to the team."
So there is a relative consensus in the room after about 10 minutes that it has gotten better over the last 6 months. But that there is still a communication issue. She keeps priorities to herself, and when they shift, there is no explanation offered.
The conversation degrades after that, but it seems there is way too much nervous laughter.
She comes back and almost immediately someone tells her it has gotten better over the last 6 months. She is happy to hear it. After some more awkward conversation, the lead tells her, in a very round about way that she needs to delegate more of the priority setting to team members. She responds with, "But how am I going to do that?" And waits for the answer. I'm thinking, well duh, you give up some authority, but it sounds like you don't do that. More awkward conversation, but nothing of substance.