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“Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns- the ones we don't know we don't know.”
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“Those who made the decisions with imperfect knowledge will be judged in hindsight by those with considerably more information at their disposal and time for reflection.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Known and Unknown: A Memoir
“Everyone’s saying you can’t do anything until you can do everything, and in life I’ve never found that to be the case. To me, first you crawl, then you walk, then you run. And so let’s get on with it. Let’s stick something in the ground and not pretend that it’s perfect.”
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“If we know anything, it is that weakness is provocative.”
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“You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.”
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“Don't blame the boss. He has enough problems.”
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“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. —NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“Those who think that they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge. —Margaret Thatcher”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“If you don’t like change, you are going to like irrelevance even less. —General Eric Shinseki”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships. —Abraham Lincoln”
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“There are known knowns, things we know that we know; and there are known unknowns, things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns, things we do not know we don't know.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Known and Unknown: A Memoir
“Leadership is by consent, not command. A leader must persuade.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“If you order a bureaucracy to do something it doesn’t want to do, very often it will ensure that your attempt at change will fail and prove to all that it was right in the first place.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“The most successful organizations create an environment that is hospitable to risk-taking, innovation, and creativity.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“Let your words be as few as will express the sense you wish to convey and above all let what you say be true. —Stonewall Jackson”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“That’s what makes leadership so difficult and truly outstanding leaders so rare. Tough decisions involve weighing not just benefits and risks, but also competing principles and sometimes even conflicting rules.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“Indeed, there are times when the received wisdom and prevailing ways of doing things must be challenged and the rulebook thrown out altogether.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“When starting at the bottom, be willing to learn from those at the top.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“The absence of evidence is not necessarily evidence of absence; nor is it evidence of presence.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“Over the years I’ve come to be wary of using the words always and never. They are two of the more dangerous words in the English language.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“Leaders need to search for people who instinctively appreciate the wrongness of waste and misuse.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“Something has to give in your life—and what usually gives are your family and friendships. Wherever you are, whatever the setting, however important your title, don’t let that happen.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“The success of an organization will depend on the people you surround yourself with.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“There are only three responses to questions from the press: “I know and will tell you”; “I know and I can’t tell you”; and “I don’t know.”—Dan Rather”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“A civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“If they were easy decisions, they would have been made at a lower level. It’s always the toughest decisions that find their way to the top.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“Nothing big—certainly nothing big in historical terms—comes easy.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“When you’re up to your ears in alligators, it is difficult to remember that the reason you’re there is to drain the swamp.”
Donald Rumsfeld, Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life
“If you want traction, you must first have friction. —Admiral Jim Ellis”
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