What to say during a meeting

When confronted with the inevitable status request, here's how you handle it. As for me, I'm waiting until the next time I'm on a dysfunctional cross functional inter-disciplinary multi-focused team to pull this rabbit out.

Leader: What's the status of your project?
Cubicle Warrior: I've been focusing my bandwidth on organic growth. I'm getting lots of push-back, so I'm taking the discussions offline. But sometimes I table an issue or handle it in a sidebar. Now I have my ducks in a row, the deal-breakers are on the back burner, and I'm managing expectations.

Then sit back and let your coworkers weep at your brilliance.