Thursday, February 21, 2013

Three Lessons in Leadership from Donald Rumsfield

Yes, former Secretary of Defense (and former Director of the Office of Economic Opportunity) Donald Rumsfield. When an educational consultant met Rumsfield by chance, he received three pieces of advice about leadership in education:

Managing a crisis: "People must first decide that there is a problem, accept it, define it, and then try to understand it."

Setting goals: "In the military you get what you inspect, not what you expect. Everyone knows what will be inspected, and they pay attention to those things."

Focusing on what works: "Something can also be bold, exciting, new, innovative, and stupid."

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