I've been working as a contractor for a public sector client for a few years now. I work from home and get asked to come on site for meeting now and then. I'd not been to the clients office for 4 months (due to my wife having a baby) when the client called me for an urgent meeting. I help build their website and they basically have a pattern where the manager in charge of the site only lasts 5-6 months then they leave and get replaced. I and the IT team have been there years so this is quite comical to us.
The meeting was basically called because they had just changed managers and the new manager wanted to get the site updated ASAP. So I turn up early for the meeting IT turn up and another contractor turns up but no manager. Over an hour and a half later the manager turns up (it was only a 2 hour meeting).
She storms into the room sits at the head of the table and launches into a speech taken straight out of a motivational management hand book basically repeating how she needs us to help her reach the organisations goals and how she cant do it without us all the time swinging her arms and being quite forceful.
After the motivational speech we start going though the updates for the site all of which where commissioned by the last manager 4 months before. I start explaining what each update will change on the site and what it will allow people to do. For nearly every update she says what a load of crap, who authorised that?, drop it we dont need it, etc. Basically everything Ive done for the last 4 months gets dropped in 20 minutes of meeting by a person thats probably only been in the job 2 days.
Normally I would have been upset by all this but as Ive already been paid Ive decided the only way to keep my sanity to relax and not panic. In 6 months itll be a new manager and theyll want all this back in and I can charge again. Its good to be a contractor :D