Leave the President's family business to him. You will have plenty to do without trying to manage the First Family. They are likely to do fine without your help.
The Federal Government should be the last resort, not the first. Ask if a potential program is truly a federal responsibility or whether it can better be handled privately, by voluntary organizations, or by local or state governments.
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.
Think ahead. Don't let day-to-day operations drive out planning.
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.
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.
Success tends to go not to the person who is error-free, because he also tends to be risk-averse. Rather it goes to the person who recognizes that life is pretty much a percentage business. It isn't making mistakes that's critical; it's correcting them and getting on with the principal task.
It isn't making mistakes that's critical; it's correcting them and getting on with the principal task.
Listening to both sides does not necessarily bring about a correct judgment.
There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know.
Death has a tendency to encourage a depressing view of war.
In the execution of Presidential decisions work to be true to his views, in fact and tone.
In politics, every day is filled with numerous opportunities for serious error. Enjoy it.
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.
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.
Presidential leadership needn't always cost money. Look for low- and no-cost options. They can be surprisingly effective.
Don't necessarily avoid sharp edges. Occasionally they are necessary to leadership.
Many people around the President have sizeable egos before entering government, some with good reason. Their new positions will do little to moderate their egos.
Politics is human beings it's addition rather than subtraction.
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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