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At any given meeting at Evernote, there will be someone there who doesn't belong. 

This is by design. The cloud note-taking startup has an internal program called "officer training," in which employees get assigned to meetings that aren't in their specialty area to explore other parts of the company.

"They're there to absorb what we’re talking about," Libin says. "They're not just spectators. They ask questions; they talk."

Libin got the idea from talking with a friend who served on a nuclear submarine. To be an officer of such a sub, you had to know how to do everybody else's job. 

"Those skills are repeatedly trained and taught," he says. "And I remember thinking, 'That's really cool.'" 

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As if officers didn't already have so much on their plates.