Donald H Rumsfeld Quotes (96 quotations)

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1. A President needs multiple sources of information. Avoid excessively restricting the flow of paper, people, or ideas to the President, though you must watch his time. If you over-control, it will be your "regulator" that controls, not his. Only by opening the spigot fairly wide, risking that some of his time may be wasted, can his "regulator" take control. - Donald H Rumsfeld

2. 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. - Donald H Rumsfeld

3. Arguments of convenience lack integrity and inevitably trip you up. - Donald H Rumsfeld

4. Be able to resign. It will improve your value to the President and do wonders for your performance. - Donald H Rumsfeld

5. Be precise. A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin of error is small. - Donald H Rumsfeld

6. Be yourself. Follow your instincts. Success depends, at least in part, on the ability to "carry it off." - Donald H Rumsfeld

7. Being Vice President is difficult. Don't make it tougher. - Donald H Rumsfeld

8. Beware when any idea is promoted primarily because it is "bold, exciting, innovative, and new." There are many ideas that are "bold, exciting, innovative and new," but also foolish. - Donald H Rumsfeld

9. Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal. - Donald H Rumsfeld

10. Control your time. If you're working off your in-box, you're working off the priorities of others. Be sure the staff is working on what you move to them from the President, or the President will be reacting, not leading. - Donald H Rumsfeld

11. Dick, frankly you do not have the war plan... which makes me quite happy. - Donald H Rumsfeld

12. Don't accept the post or stay unless you have an understanding with the President that you're free to tell him what you think "with the bark off" and you have the courage to do it. - Donald H Rumsfeld

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

14. 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. - Donald H Rumsfeld

15. Don't begin to think you're the President. You're not. The Constitution provides for only one. - Donald H Rumsfeld

16. Don't blame the boss. He has enough problems. - Donald H Rumsfeld

17. Don't divide the world into "them" 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. - Donald H Rumsfeld

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

19. Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership. - Donald H Rumsfeld

20. Don't 'over-control' like a novice pilot. Stay loose enough from the flow that you can observe it, modify, and improve it. - Donald H Rumsfeld

21. Don't say "the White House wants." Buildings can't want. - Donald H Rumsfeld

22. Don't speak ill of your predecessors or successors. You didn't walk in their shoes. - Donald H Rumsfeld

23. Don't think of yourself as indispensable or infallible. As Charles De Gaulle said, the cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men. - Donald H Rumsfeld

24. Enjoy your time in public service. It may well be one of the most interesting and challenging times of your life. - Donald H Rumsfeld

25. Find ways to decentralize. Move decision making authority down and out. Encourage a more entrepreneurial approach. - Donald H Rumsfeld

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