A new person had joined the department. The director walked her around, introducing her to the various teams and people. And then she came back, visiting people in their offices and cubicles, asking one question.
“Where are the real power centers around here?”
“What?” I responded, when I was asked, unsure if I had heard correctly.
“Who are the power people in the department? I don’t have time to waste finding out on my own.”
She was serious.
I have generally liked the people I’ve worked with over a 40-year career. And I’ve worked with some odd, eccentric ones (the price you pay for having a degree in journalism). But never had I met someone like that, openly and brazenly political, not caring who knew, until that day.
To continue reading, please see my post today at The High Calling.
Photograph by Anna Langova via Public Domain Pictures. Used with permission.