Who is the chief of staff?

Who is the joint chief of staff?

Chiefs of staff (COSs) are a diverse cadre of individuals that serve in a wide variety of organizations. This includes the public sector, the private sector, and the social and not for profit sectors. Sometimes they may earn limelight in their own right, for example, a White House COS may, but usually they act in the background.

It is not to say that their work is less critical; far from it, COSs are instrumental in the success of their organizations which helps explain why there are so many of them in the world today.

Yet there are certain archetypes of COS that have been identified. McKinsey and Company found that there are four models of COS that build on the roles they perform in the organization.

The four main archetypes are: broker, operator, guardian, and loyalist.

A broker archetype is one in which the COS plays to their strength as an implementer and a proxy. Such COS are “connected influencers, adept at translating ideas into action,” according to McKinsey and Company. They are less bogged in administrative functions and may have a moderate role as gatekeeper or counsellor. They centre themselves within organizations as translators of their principals’ objectives into concrete action as go-getter functionaries.

The operator is one in which the COS draws upon administrative prowess and dependability as counsel to the principal. Such a COS is often a “savvy manager able to seamlessly handle priorities, processes, and personalities,” according to McKinsey. They is less bogged-down in acting as a proxy or implementer and may have a moderate gatekeeper role.

The guardian archetype involves acting as a gatekeeper and counsel above all else. Such a COS is considered “a steadfast advisor, closely protecting the [principal’s] time and reputation,” as McKinsey puts it. Administrative acts may be less emphasized, and implementation is somewhat subdued in this archetype. Instead, trust and reliability are core tenets of this archetype, and the expectation is of the COS to act in a protective capacity towards the principal’s interests.

The loyalist is one who focuses on their responsibilities towards the principal as a counsellor. Such a COS is often an “ardent confidant holding a longstanding relationship with the CEO,” as McKinsey notes. The traits of gatekeepers and implementers are more subdued in this archetype. Instead, the loyalty of the relationship between the COS and the principal cements this type of COS.

Keeping these archetypes in mind, the question of “who” is a chief of staff is context-dependent. These archetypes are also not set in stone, in that COS may find themselves rotating between such categories over their careers, whether due to a change in internal organizational circumstances or due to exogenous pressures thrust on the organization.

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The top four chief of staff profiles

The top four chief of staff profiles.

In military hierarchies, there needs to be coordination across different levels of administrative and supervisory machinery. However, there is also a need for coordination among the various branches of the military at the top level. This function is coordinated in some large countries through a Joint chiefs of staff (JCS) Committee.

The JCS Committee is a top-level board of chiefs of staff of military branches who coordinate their strategic objectives with immediate tactical decisions. The position is often a rotating role between the different branches, with a different representative taking turns as chair of the JCS.

In the United States, the JCS comprises senior uniformed leaders of the United States Department of Defence. They act in an advisory capacity on military issues to the president of the United States, the Secretary of defence, the Homeland Security Council and the National Security Council.

 Joint chiefs of staff has a legal definition by statute and consists of the chairman of the Joint chiefs of staff (CJCS), vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (VCJCS), the chiefs of staff of the military branches: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

Each of the chiefs of staff of military branches, outside of their duties in the JCS, report and work directly for the Secretary of their military department.

The Joint Staff headquarters is located in the Pentagon. The origins of the JCS in the United States date back to the Joint Board system which was established in 1919 to coordinate between the army and navy.

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How much does the White House chief of staff make?

How much does the White House chief of staff make?

The White House chief of staff (COS) is a position of tremendous responsibility and prestige. Currently staffed by former Republican senator Mark Meadows, the post has been filled by four different individuals during the Trump Presidency which began in late 2016. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Reince Priebus and John Kelly, President Trump’s first two chiefs of staff, earned $179,700 each. The maximum salary allowed for any White House aide is $183,000. This is, in fact, the salary that senior advisers Kellyanne Conway and Larry Kudlow (Trump’s top economic adviser) earn.

Trump’s third chief of staff, Mike Mulvaney, earned a higher salary because he was officially the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and was unofficially White House COS, an “acting chief of staff.” Because of this, his annual pay was in excess of $200,000.

If Mulvaney had removed the “acting” part of his COS title, he would have had to accept a diminished salary that would be at or below that $183,000 threshold. Therefore, the “acting” part of acting COS does make a difference!

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Air Force Chief of Staff confirmed in historic vote

Air Force Chief of Staff confirmed in historic vote

Lawmakers have voted to install General Charles Q. Brown the first black service member to serve as Air Force chief of staff (COS) and the first to lead an American military branch. Gen. Brown was confirmed with a unanimous 98-0 vote and will replace Gen. Dave Goldfein as chief of staff.

Gen. Brown will be sworn in as chief of staff at a time when the Air Force is strategizing to “realign itself against the threats of a rising China and resurgent Russia,” according to Defence News. Under previous chief of staff Goldfein’s leadership, the air force had increased its emphasis on investments in space, command and control, and advanced munitions.

In responses to questions posed by the Senate Armed Services Committee prior to his confirmation hearing in early May, Gen. Brown recognized that the Covid-19 pandemic would put increasing constraints on the national budget. “As the Covd-19 crisis unfolds, I see an emerging challenge where our strategic aspirations and our resources available may be on divergent paths, driving future tough choices,” he said.

According to Gen. Brown’s remarks, “as we review strategic objectives and priorities in the post-Covid-19 period, and continue the journey we started to build the Air Force we need to align with the [National Defense Strategy], we have many constraints and restraints that could hamper our ability to achieve our objectives as originally envisioned.” Nevertheless, Gen. Brown’s confirmation is a recognition of his excellence as a member of the Air Force and his capability to serve as the next Chief of Staff.

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How to be a great chief of staff?

How to be a great chief of staff?

The role of chief of staff is instrumental to the success of an organization. For this reason, many who aspire to the role often ask how success can be achieved in such a versatile, demanding, and complex position. While there may not be one secret ingredient to being a great chief of staff , it is worth distilling some of the wisdom that chief of staff’s have offered across the years that may lead one to become a great chief of staff.

Here are four traits that often appear in the memoirs, speeches, or talks given by prominent chiefs of staff:

Attention to Detail
chief of staff’s are renowned for their attention to detail. They do their best to organize the tasks systematically, and then proceed to ensure that all aspects are delivered efficiently.

Prioritization
Chiefs of staff are adept at prioritizing competing and sometimes conflicting objectives allowing them to optimize finite resources and capital.

Loyalty
The relationship between the chief of staff and the principal is paramount and requires sincerity. Loyalty is the bedrock of a sustained and meaningful relationship that creates harmony and encourages a long productive career.

Integrity
The trait that most often quoted by chief’s of staff is that they must always adhere to a sense of integrity. By demonstrating integrity in their professional conduct, they build relationships that last a lifetime and can open doors where other people may not have access. Integrity is something that is universally appreciated by everyone.

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What does a Deputy Chief of Staff do?

What does a Deputy Chief of Staff do?

In large organizations, such as the arms of national governments, the role of chief of staff is significant enough that they require aides, assistants, or deputies of their own. This role is commonly referred to as a Deputy chief of staff. Deputy chief of staff’s can be found in numerous institutions that require a hierarchy beneath the chief of staff to manage complex institutional goals.

In the US White House, the Deputy chief of staff is the formal top aide to the White House chief of staff , who is, in turn, the senior aide to the President. The office of Deputy chief of staff is usually in the West Wing and is in charge of running the White House bureaucracy. The Deputy chief of staff may also be tasked with specific or ad-hoc duties by the chief of staff .

In some administrations, there have been several Deputy chief of staff’s at the same time. The Trump administration has three concurrent Deputy chief of staff. Chris Liddell is the current Deputy chief of staff’s for Staff for Policy Coordination, Tony Ornato is the Deputy chief of staff’s for Operations, and Dan Scavino is the Deputy chief of staff for Communications.

 
 

 

 

The role of Deputy chief of staff is a potential springboard to the formal COS position. In the White House, there have been six Deputy chief of staff’s who have subsequently been promoted to chief of staff. They include prominent figures such as Dick Cheney, Ken Duberstein, Andrew Card, Erskine Bowles, John Podesta, and Joshua Botlen.

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