Confessions of a CNO
Chief Nodding Officer
For a while there, I was spending more time in meetings than actually being able to work. More and more of these meetings had little to do with me, my department, or the work I had waiting for me back at my desk.
Sure, I contributed what I could to these meetings without wasting too much breath or time, but often I found myself reduced to just nodding.
Nodding to show my agreement. Nodding to show I would think about it. Nodding to just move this meeting along.
So I gave myself the executive title of CNO (Chief Nodding Officer).
Let’s face it: I was very good at nodding. And I thought it would look great on a resume, too.
I could picture it now:
Interviewer: “I see here you have experience at the executive level, as, uh, Chief Nodding Officer?”
Interviewer: “Oh my. Top notch. When can you start?”