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Finding Allies, Building Alliances: 8 Elements that Bring—and Keep—People Together by Rich McKeown, Mike Leavitt

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FOUR

Representatives of Substance

The top priority for conveners is identifying the right people and securing their participation in a value alliance. As one Washington D.C. society maven told us, getting the right people together was key to her success in influencing events and issues she cared about. “I like dinner parties with a purpose, and I assemble a guest list as if I were casting a play; every actor has a part,” she said. It was no wonder that she was widely esteemed for her ability to assemble gatherings of people who had great influence, and that made her invitations especially welcome.

The casting analogy is apt. As noted in Chapter ...

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