Ex-CIA agents at Jupiter
The asset management company Jupiter have hired a number of ex-CIA agents to help fund managers interrogate company bosses. The idea is that having been trained to pick up on deception in body language etc., they will be able to give a good read on what managers should and shouldn’t believe in meetings. Sounds like a great idea, if a little bit like a stunt. It does raise an interesting question though: If you knew that someone trained in spotting deception was sitting in a meeting with you, would you act differently? Or, even more significantly, would you be tempted to get training to avoid giving something away? The sad thing is the assumption that might sit behind this hiring. Do they think that, more likely than not, everyone they meet is trying to hide something? It seems we increasingly live in a world where corporate distrust is the default.