When playing the Boss Said, people invoke the name of a senior executive to help them get what they want or to add weight to the points they’re making. They may make a request and imply that the CEO or some other executive wanted it done. In some instances, they may simply assume that this is what the boss wants. In other instances, they make it up.
The game transfers power from the boss to the person who is making the request and using the boss’s name. It often is played in cultures where communication is very formal and
hierarchical, and no one would dare to raise a challenge or even to ask for clarification from top executives.