Chief of Staff title within commercial organizations


One of the trends that I’ve noticed over the last several months is the increase in the Chief of Staff title within commercial organizations. I was, of course, familiar with this title in government and the military – but not within other types of organizations.

I’ve always found this position fascinating. They carry tremendous responsibility, typically without much designated authority.

The Chief of Staff Association‘s CEO, Trent Smyth AM begins his Forward in CSA’s recent Oxford University Report, “Speaking Truth to Power,” by saying, “An executive working as a chief of staff takes on complex organisational and leadership responsibilities while occupying an ambiguous position in the hierarchy.”

An ambiguous position indeed. That’s why I was so honored to be asked to lead a session with over 120 Chiefs of Staff from all over the globe to help clarify their ambiguous position by defining their purpose and outcomes. #spotonsuccessprofile, anyone?

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