George Marshall

If you get the objectives right, a lieutenant can write the strategy.

If you think you have things under control, you're not going fast enough.

Donald Rumsfeld

That which you require be reported on to you will improve, if you are selective. How you fashion your reporting system announces your priorities and sets the institution's priorities.

Donald Rumsfeld

Don't speak ill of your predecessors or successors. You didn't walk in their shoes.

Donald Rumsfeld

Be precise. A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin of error is small.

Donald Rumsfeld

Look for what's missing. Many people can tell how to improve what's proposed or what's gone amiss. Few are able to see what isn't there.

Donald Rumsfeld

Don't "over control" like a novice pilot. Stay loose enough from the flow that you can observe, calibrate and refine.

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