Scott Talbott, the Financial Services Roundtable’s senior vice president for government affairs, said in a just-published interview in CEO Update that representing the Roundtable in Washington requires three things: honesty, accuracy and speed. The people you work with on Capital Hill and at the federal agencies have to trust what you’re telling them, the information you provide has to be correct, and you have to get back to them when what you’re saying is needed. You live by their schedule rather than your own and when they recognize your ability and willingness to do that, they trust your judgment.
Scott should know. These three things are what have made him a success at the Financial Services Roundtable throughout the 17 years he has been with us. In a city like Washington, D.C., where there are election-related changes in policies and policymakers no longer than every two years, that longevity is unusual; it also is a tribute to what Scott does and how he does it.
Here’s the full-interview.