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Rumsfields Rules

Some of the key points of Rumsfields rules that resonated with me were:

  • Remember: A’s hire A’s and B’s hire C’s.
  • Find ways to decentralize. Move decision-making authority down and out. Encourage a more entrepreneurial approach.
  • “In writing if it takes over 30 minutes to write the first two paragraphs select another subject.” — Raymond Aron
  • “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.” — James B. Conant
  • “When you’re skiing, if you’re not falling you’re not trying.” — Donald Rumsfeld
  • 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.
  • Think ahead. Don’t let day-to-day operations drive out planning.
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