If in doubt, don't. If still in doubt, do what's right.
Every government looking at the actions of another government and trying to explain them always exaggerates rationality and conspiracy, and underestimates incompetency and fortuity.
You don't know what you can get away with until you try.
Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal.
A's hire A's and B's hire C's.
You will launch many projects, but have time to finish only a few. So think, plan, develop, launch and tap good people to be responsible. Give them authority and hold them accountable. Trying to do too much yourself creates a bottleneck.
Work continuously to trim the staff from your first day to your last. All the pressures are to the contrary.
Don't think of yourself as indispensable or infallible. The cemeteries of the world are full of indispensable men.
Walk around. You may not be as bad as they're saying.
Plan backwards as well as forward. Set objectives and trace back to see how to achieve them. You may find that no path can get you there. Plan forward to see where your steps will take you, which may not be clear or intuitive.