John E. Michel:
In a recent article in Fortune magazine, Joe Dunford shared the best leadership advice he ever received came from his first battalion commander when he was a young Marine. His commander told him there are three rules to success. The first? Surround yourself with good people. "Over the years," says Dunford, "I've forgotten the other two."
A firm called SBD Advisors has advertised itself as working in Washington's shadows so that "only the inner circle knows that we were involved," according to the company.
We never destroy the soulless careerists. This is, I think, the number one mistake that we make in the world of work.
It is incumbent upon you to put a fucking boot in the face of the soulless careerist.
Harvey M. Sapolsky:
Instead of revealing the weaknesses of each other's programs, the services collude to prevent civilians from knowing options that could undermine their favorite systems or reduce their numbers.
If you want a decision 'No', you just go to your boss and get a 'No' easy. If you want to do something, don't ask, do it. Present him with an accomplished fact. Don't give him a chance to tell you 'No'. But if you want a 'No', it's easy to get a 'No'.
Thwart institutional cowardice.
How do you know if you have A-players on your project team? You know it if they don't just accept the strategy you hand them.
If others would think as hard as I did, then they would get similar results.
An annual report released by the Pentagon's chief weapons tester indicates that a majority of the government's weapons programs contain "significant vulnerabilities."