Bob Frisch is the managing partner of the Strategic Offsites Group in Boston, and the author of Who’s In the Room?
EL: What business problem were you setting out to solve with your book?
Frisch: From working with senior teams, what I found is that big decisions aren’t actually made by the team sitting together in meetings. Decisions are typically made by the boss consulting with a small group of people —the two, three or four people who are the core decision-making team of any organization.
It’s what I call the “kitchen cabinet.” And everyone knows that when the boss makes big decisions, he turns to this close group.
EL: So, what’s wrong with that?
Frisch: That gap between what’s on the org chart and the reality of how decisions are made builds barriers and distrust among seniorteam members.
EL: How does that distrust manifest?
Frisch: Your job, when you bring your business case to a meeting, is to get it ...(register to read more)