As a subject matter pro, you are permanently asked to summarize your work. Uncommonly do you have the chance to “geek out” and share everything you know with someone who indeed cares. One colleague was so frustrated with this phenomenon he told me it felt like his entire life was an exercise in the executive summary. Sound familiar? We summarize our work in executive summaries, blog posts, presentations, abstracts, briefing papers. Of these, briefing papers are possibly the most difficult, for a diversity of reasons. Very first, they are high-stakes. People do not request briefing papers to pack space in a newsletter. Senior management relies on briefing papers either to represent our organization and its position or to make difficult[…]