No matter what your title is, if you're a gatekeeper you know who you are: You're the go-to person. If anyone wants access to company resources, they need to go through you. You're busy solving problems, managing people, herding cats, putting out fires, and leaping tall buildings in a single bound. You may not always be the final decider, but you certainly are highly influential in informing those decisions.
The biggest barrier for many gatekeepers is knowledge and confidence. We avoid what we don't enjoy or feel confident doing. And then we still get stuck having to deal with it anyway.
The next posts will be dedicated to BS in the following forms, and how you as a gatekeeper can empower yourself to identify and use it productively.