Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life

Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life

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by Donald Rumsfeld
     
 

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The legendary leadership guide, distilled from a lifetime of wisdom and experience in government and business

Throughout his long and distinguished career—as a naval aviator, a U.S. Congressman, a top aide to four American presidents, a high-level diplomat, a CEO of two Fortune 500 companies, and the only twice-serving Secretary of Defense in

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The legendary leadership guide, distilled from a lifetime of wisdom and experience in government and business

Throughout his long and distinguished career—as a naval aviator, a U.S. Congressman, a top aide to four American presidents, a high-level diplomat, a CEO of two Fortune 500 companies, and the only twice-serving Secretary of Defense in American history—Donald Rumsfeld has collected hundreds of pithy, compelling, and often humorous observations about leadership, business, and life. When President Gerald Ford ordered these aphorisms distributed to his White House staff in 1974, the collection became known as "Rumsfeld's Rules."

First gathered as three-by-five cards in a shoebox and then typed up and circulated informally over the years, these eminently nonpartisan rules have amused and enlightened presidents, business executives, chiefs of staff, foreign officials, diplomats, and members of Congress.  They earned praise from the Wall Street Journal as "Required reading," and from the New York Times which said: "Rumsfeld's Rules can be profitably read in any organization…The best reading, though, are his sprightly tips on inoculating oneself against that dread White House disease, the inflated ego."

Meanwhile, the collection continued to grow as Rumsfeld added new rules derived from things he read, heard, or observed in more than eight decades of a remarkable life. Now these legendary rules are made available for the first time to corporate executive. Rumsfeld has selected his most useful and important rules for effective leadership, enhanced with fresh insights and entertaining anecdotes, and discusses them in the blunt and witty style that made his Pentagon press conferences "must-see TV."

Distilled from a career of unusual breadth and accomplishment, and organized under practical topics like hiring people, running a meeting, and dealing with the press, Rumsfeld's Rules can benefit people at every stage in their careers and in every walk of life, from aspiring politicos and industrialists to recent college graduates, teachers, and business leaders.

The book provides unprecedented insight into leadership, management, strategy, and life—thinking that not only helped Rumsfeld lead the Pentagon in wartime, but earned him a reputation as one of America's toughest and most effective CEOs.

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"For every human problem there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong." "Simply because a problem is shown to exist doesn't necessarily follow that there is a solution." The leadership lessons now known as "Rumsfeld's Rules" began with a few ideas scribbled on 3x5 cards and then stored in a closet shoebox. Early releases of these memorable memes earned praise from the Wall Street and The New York Times. Now they are brought together in a book that reinforces one of the favorite quotations of the longtime White House aide: "History marches to the drum of a clear idea." (P.S. Few leaders have more impressive resumes than Rumsfeld: He was twice the U.S. Secretary of Defense, served four presidents and was the CEO of two Fortune 500 companies.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062272874
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
353,058
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Donald Rumsfeld has been an American government official and corporate executive. Rumsfeld served as CEO as two Fortune 500 companies and as the thirteenth and twenty-first Secretary of Defense.

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Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
dissocme More than 1 year ago
Just heard him on the Laura Ingraham show and can't wait to read it. I truly admire this talented, intelligent, honest and capable man. Prayers for him gladly offered, as well.
Roderick52 More than 1 year ago
I am a retired leader with 33-years of experience and a teacher of leadership. I feel that Rumsfeld's Rules is a must read for established and aspiring leaders at all levels. Don Rumsfeld has done a masterful job of explaining a complex topic in simple terms.
jdbrowning More than 1 year ago
All great men or people of power have a way of getting there. This book shows that each and every one of us has a set of standards and sayings that move us to greater and higher heights. This is a truly inspirational book.
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For all the young people who died needlessly because of this man's policies, advice & deceit, I cannot condone him making a single penny from the sale of this book.