Back in the old days I used to do corporate information work for the council and its Policy Support Officers, so I have some views on the matter.
"He's fantastically good at making the connections between the Library Service and things going on elsewhere in the council."
"Yes. He'll find out that something's going on in the Youth Service, say, and he'll be able to see that it's something we should be getting involved in."
"All these connections... Have any of them delivered any service developments?"
"Have they delivered any project outcomes?"
"Have we acquired a reputation for picking up an idea, running with it and delivering the goods and a bit more?"
"Jesus, you are a cynical old bastard."