Working the Cultural Network
The whisperers are
often powers behind the throne, people like Eisenhower's Sherman
Adams, LBJ's Clark Clifford, or Nixon's John Ehrlichman. They
are movers and shakers, but without formal portfolio. Sometimes
they climb high in the organization, as presidential aides did.
But just as often, whisperers are buried in an obscure post,
anonymous to all accept the real cognoscente. The source of
their power, the boss's ear. Anyone who wants something done
will head to the whisperers.
Two critical skills
are required of persons who play this whisper-in-the-ear role.
First, they must be able to read the boss's mind quickly and
accurately, with few clues. Their power is dependent on a
symbiotic relationship with this key figure. Not surprisingly,
intense loyalty is a strong part of their personal network.
Their knowledge is not
as wide or developed as the priest; but whisperers know where
the bodies are buried.
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The cultural network
are people defined as: