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Enjoy your time in public service. It may well be one of the most interesting and challenging times of your life.
Don't think of yourself as indispensable or infallible. As Charles De Gaulle said, the cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men.
Don't speak ill of your predecessors or successors. You didn't walk in their shoes.
Don't say he White House wants. Buildings can't want.
Don't do or say things you would not like to see on the front page of The Washington Post.
Don't divide the world into hem and us. Avoid infatuation with or resentment of the press, the Congress, rivals, or opponents. Accept them as facts. They have their jobs and you have yours.
Don't blame the boss. He has enough problems.
Don't be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or you, delegate it. Force responsibility down and out. Find problem areas, add structure and delegate. The pressure is to do the reverse. Resist it.
Don't automatically obey Presidential directives if you disagree or if you suspect he hasn't considered key aspects of the issue.
Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.
Be yourself. Follow your instincts. Success depends, at least in part, on the ability to carry it off.
Be precise. A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin of error is small.
Be able to resign. It will improve your value to the President and do wonders for your performance.
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