Document management and crisis communication.
Okay. So, you’re the chairman of the anti-doping commission for your country and you include on your resume your masters in chemistry from Columbia and a PhD from a university in Brussels. A reporter from the Wall Street Journal investigates, and finds that Columbia has no record of you. And both the database at the university in Brussels and a private database have no copies of a thesis or other paper written by you.
Zut, alors! You say you don’t know where your diplomas are (your late wife took care of that) and say, “It’s so long ago it doesn’t matter.” As for your PhD thesis, you don’t know what they did with that stuff. Heck, it was 30 years ago. And the reporter is “demented” and “a Judas.”
“Antidoping Official Faces Resume Questions,” Wall Street Journal, November 13, 2013 D6 http://on.wsj.com/1eNEgAI
Three lessons here. One, you want to keep track of key documents. Two, expect people to check your resume details. Three, when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. What’s the culture like at that agency?