Rumsfeld’s Rules

This link is to Donald Rumsfeld’s rules for success…gems in the rough. Although it was published in 2001, now seems to be an appropriate time to pull it out of the archives.

Here are a few items from his list that he somehow overlooked during recent years:

– It is easier to get into something than to get out of it.
– If you’re coasting, you’re going downhill.
– Remember the public trust. Strive to preserve and enhance the integrity of the office of the presidency. Pledge to leave it stronger than when you came.

And, a few that did not overlook (although, in the end, they didn’t work for him either):

– Develop a few key themes and stick to them. It works. Repetition is necessary. “Quality.” “Customers.” “Innovation.” “Service.” Whatever!
– Be able to resign. It will improve your value to the president and do wonders for your performance.

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2 Responses to “Rumsfeld’s Rules”

  1. Logipundit Says:

    What a great list…my favorite is the last one:

    * If you develop rules, never have more than 10.

  2. Jim G. Hamster Says:

    Rule #11: get rid one rule… Possibly this one.


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