Donald Rumsfeld Quotes

Know that the amount of criticism you receive may correlate somewhat to the amount of publicity you receive.

Donald Rumsfeld

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.

Donald Rumsfeld

Keep your sense of humor. As General Joe Stillwell said, "The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind.

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The most valuable sense of humor is the kind that enables a person to see instantly what it isn't safe to laugh at

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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.

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Presidential leadership needn't always cost money. Look for low- and no-cost options. They can be surprisingly effective.

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Arguments of convenience lack integrity and inevitably trip you up

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Move decisions out to the Cabinet and agencies. Strengthen them by moving responsibility, authority, and accountability their direction.

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You will launch many projects, but have time to finish only a few. So think, plan, develop, launch and tap good people to be responsible. Give them authority and hold them accountable. Trying to do too much yourself creates a bottleneck.

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In the execution of Presidential decisions work to be true to his views, in fact and tone.

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Reduce the layers of management. They put distance between the top of an organization and the customers.

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Strive to make proposed solutions as self-executing as possible. As the degree of discretion increases, so too does bureaucracy, delay, and expense.

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You're thinking of Eurpoe as Germany and France. I don't. I think that's old Europe.

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If the staff lacks policy guidance against which to test decisions, their decisions will be random.

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Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on. The country cannot afford amateur hour in the White House.

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Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.

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