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.
Quote by Donald Rumsfeld
Walk around. If you are invisible, the mystique of the President's office may perpetuate inaccurate...
Test ideas in the marketplace. You learn from hearing a range of perspectives. Consultation helps...
Visit with your predecessors from previous Administrations. They know the ropes and can help you...
The Secretary of Defense is not a super General or Admiral. His task is to...
If you foul up, tell the President and correct it fast. Delay only compounds mistakes.
Don't begin to think you're the President. You're not. The Constitution provides for only one.
Public servants are paid to serve the American people. Do it well.
Don't be a bottleneck. If a matter is not a decision for the President or...
In politics, every day is filled with numerous opportunities for serious error. Enjoy it.
Be yourself. Follow your instincts. Success depends, at least in part, on the ability to...
Many people around the President have sizeable egos before entering government, some with good reason....
Don't say he White House wants. Buildings can't want.
If you develop rules, never have more than ten.
Look for what's missing. Many advisors can tell a President how to improve what's proposed...
Don't blame the boss. He has enough problems.
Don't do or say things you would not like to see on the front page...
There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known...
Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When...
It is easier to get into something than to get out of it.
You're thinking of Eurpoe as Germany and France. I don't. I think that's old Europe.