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(1). To lead some project or effort in hopes it gets you some sliver of recognition. It won’t. It will help the career of the guy who assigned it to you, though.
“Team, we’re going to focus on updating our client contact information database this summer. Fred here has graciously volunteered to spearhead the effort. I’ll be happy to report progress to management, of course. In the meantime, I’ll be sailing to the Virgin Islands, but should be available on BB if anyone needs me.”
(1). A person designated in a meeting to encourage honesty and candor (even though most questions are planted by management to make it look like everyone is happy and supportive).
“Okay, Mike…you’re going to be the Yoda in the staff meeting today. We want you to make sure people are speaking their minds. Here are some questions you might want to encourage people to ask.”