Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Rumsfeld

Donald Henry "Don" Rumsfeld (born July 9, 1932) is an American retired politician and businessman. Rumsfeld served as the 13th Secretary of Defense from 1975 to 1977 under President Gerald Ford, and as the 21st Secretary of Defense from 2001 to 2006 under President George W. Bush.

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

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.

Be precise. A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin of error is small.

Don't blame the boss. He has enough problems.

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.

Be yourself. Follow your instincts. Success depends at least in part on the ability to "carry it off."

Test ideas in the marketplace. You learn from hearing a range of perspectives. Consultation helps engender the support decisions need to be successfully implemented.

Make decisions about the President's personal security. He can overrule you but don't ask him to be the one to counsel caution.

The price of being close to the President is delivering bad news. You fail him if you don't tell him the truth. Others won't do it.

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.

Don't do or say things you would not like to see on the front page of The Washington Post.

Remember where you came from.

In politics every day is filled with numerous opportunities for serious error. Enjoy it.

If in doubt move decisions up to the President.

Public servants are paid to serve the American people. Do it well.

Let your family staff and friends know that you're still the same person despite all the publicity and notoriety that accompanies your position.

Secretary Powell and I agree on every single issue that has ever been before this administration except for those instances where Colin's still learning.

Amidst all the clutter beyond all the obstacles aside from all the static are the goals set. Put your head down do the best job possible let the flak pass and work towards those goals.

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.

Don't automatically obey Presidential directives if you disagree or if you suspect he hasn't considered key aspects of the issue.

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