Success comes from acquiring, processing, analyzing and providing information in quick, clear fashion.
You can learn a lot about business by understanding the inner workings of the CIA. A new book, Business Confidential: Lessons for Corporate Success from Inside the CIA (AMACOM/Available now), says much of the culture of the fabled intelligence agency translates to the corporate world, albeit with less cinematic results. Authors Peter Earnest and Maryann Karinch say the most effective CIA officers are mission-focused, dedicated and remarkably resourceful in serving their organization's short-term needs and long-term strategies. Similar qualities work well in IT – perhaps not surprising, given the wealth of technology deployed by intelligence community. “Information is the backbone of the organization,” Earnest says. “Intelligence officers have to keep up with the latest requirements of their profession – the technology, operational practices and breaking current affairs -- all while managing a large, eager team.” Earnest is a 36-year CIA veteran who served for 20 years in the agency's Clandestine Service operations.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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