There is a guy that I have known for about 12 years. He is going to retire shortly. I have admired him since I met him. Those who know him will recognise this description, if he reads it I hope he takes as it is meant – it is a compliment, and those who don’t, well, just think on this description.
He has never been number one, but as long as I have known him, number two. He has been number two to many number ones. He has survived the passing of many number ones.
I joined him once when he was briefing another number one. At the end of the meeting, I knew who was in charge. I knew that the puppet was the star but my friend was pulling the strings.
He has several amazing abilities – he is universally liked but many don’t know why they like him. He listens very well, and keeps a confidence given. He takes care of those who put their trust in him. He advises with clarity and honesty. He can read people, their intentions, their emotions, their motivations, he can anticipate their actions, and very often shape them. He has a huge network of friends, many of them with influence.
He is a patient man. If he wants something, he will get it. He will plan a simple plan and “softly, softly catchy monkey” he will execute and deliver that plan.
But don’t cross him, because you will only cross him once. That network of friends that he has will turn into a monster and devour his enemies.