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Donald Rumsfeld Quotes & Sayings
125 entries tagged including 48 subtopics.
Last updated Aug 2020
Donald Rumsfeld Topics
America And Americans
Profession And Professionals
Sense Of Humor
Law And Lawyers
Reduce the layers of management. They put distance between the top of an organization and the customers.
Public servants are paid to serve the American people. Do it well.
Prune - prune businesses, products, activities, people. Do it annually.
Preserve the President's options. He may need them.
Plan backwards as well as forward. Set objectives and trace back to see how to achieve them. You may find that no path can get you there. Plan forward to see where your steps will take you, which may not be clear or intuitive.
Our task, your task... is to try to connect the dots before something happens. People say, 'Well, where's the smoking gun?' Well, we don't want to see a smoking gun from a weapon of mass destruction.
One of your tasks is to separate the personal from the substantive. The two can become confused, especially if someone rubs the President wrong.
Oh my goodness gracious, what you can buy off the Internet in terms of overhead photography. A trained ape can know an awful lot of what is going on in this world, just by punching on his mouse, for a relatively modest cost.
Members of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate are not there by accident. Each managed to get there for some reason. Learn what it was and you will know something important about them, about our country and about the American people.
Make decisions about the President's personal security. He can overrule you, but don't ask him to be the one to counsel caution.
Let your family, staff, and friends know that you're still the same person, despite all the publicity and notoriety that accompanies your position.
Learn to say I don't know. If used when appropriate, it will be often.
Know that the amount of criticism you receive may correlate somewhat to the amount of publicity you receive.
It is easier to get into something than to get out of it.
In the execution of Presidential decisions work to be true to his views, in fact and tone.
In our system leadership is by consent, not command. To lead a President must persuade. Personal contacts and experiences help shape his thinking. They can be critical to his persuasiveness and thus to his leadership.
Imagine, a September 11 with weapons of mass destruction. It's not 3,000. It's tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children.
If you try to please everybody, somebody's not going to like it.
If you foul up, tell the President and correct it fast. Delay only compounds mistakes.
If you develop rules, never have more than ten.
Two Faced People
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