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.
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.
In politics every day is filled with numerous opportunities for serious error. Enjoy it.
Public servants are paid to serve the American people. Do it well.
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.
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.