Then, as armies and chorus girls have known for generations, you need someone to be a pivot. This is the person who stays on the spot while everyone else moves round them.
If you're a chorus girl you have to smile while you're going it:
Soubrettes at the Cremorne Theare, Brisbane, ca 1944.
but in the military not so much:
painting by W B Wollen
...actually, in the military not at all.
(Hey, could we have one of those life-swap TV programmes where chorus girls and the Coldstream Guards do each other's displays? I wouldn't insist on the Guards wearing stilettos to do it.)
But being pivotal needn't involve any physical movement at all. It may be that some cunning wheeze such as digging up a road junction in the rush hour requires action from a host of experts and idiots (two categories not mutually exclusive) and someone is required to make sure no one goes off at a mad angle and wrecks the whole delicate operation.
Yes, the pivot will be the essential bossy one who does hardly any work at all himself.
Well, I didn't say it was going to be easy or popular, did I?
Thing To Be Today: a pivot. This word might be something to do with the Old Provençal word pua, which means a tooth of a comb.