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Rumsfeld's Rules: Leadership Lessons in Business, Politics, War, and Life | [Donald Rumsfeld]

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

The audiobook 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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Publisher's Summary

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 executives. 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 audiobook 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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2013 Donald Rumsfeld (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Tim 08-16-14
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    What did you love best about Rumsfeld's Rules?

    The "take aways" for a leader.


    What other book might you compare Rumsfeld's Rules to and why?

    I have read known and unknown it was equally good.


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this to several of my staff. I think there are some good lessons for anyone who wishes to be a leader.

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    Al San Francisco, CA 08-05-13
    Al San Francisco, CA 08-05-13 Member Since 2009
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    Good leadership lessons, at some times it went too much into theoretical stuff, instead of practical, but still well worth a read.

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    Herb N. Charleston, SC USA 07-16-13
    Herb N. Charleston, SC USA 07-16-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Great guidelines for leadership."
    What made the experience of listening to Rumsfeld's Rules the most enjoyable?

    Information that I could use every day in my pursuit of excellence.


    What about Donald Rumsfeld’s performance did you like?

    The author did a great job of relating his points to the listener.


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    G. Niemeyer Dallas, TEXAS 06-26-13
    G. Niemeyer Dallas, TEXAS 06-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    Where does Rumsfeld's Rules rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great easy listen with great quotes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Wasn't really a Rumsfeld fan, but had to rethink my opinion


    What about Donald Rumsfeld’s performance did you like?

    Did a good job


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    Abdelhamid S. Abdou 06-03-13
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    "An entertaining and useful listen"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rumsfeld's Rules to be better than the print version?

    This book contains a collection of wisdom that everyone could benefit from. It covers areas such as leadership, politics, team building and government. Rumsfeld had a long and successful career both in public and private sectors and he tells stories from his career that are both entertaining and enlightening.
    Donald Rumsfeld did a great job narrating the book. I highly recommend it.


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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 09-01-13
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2009

    I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

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    "A Great Compendium of Life Lessons"

    Don Rumsfeld has led a long and fascinating life. This book contains his rules to live by, and anyone can benefit from listening.

    The book is filled with entertaining stories and history. The book is not particularly political, although Rumsfeld is, of course, a Republican. One thing that really comes through in the book is how Rumsfeld is willing to take hard looks back at his decisions, and he is more than willing to admit mistakes or to discuss how something might have been handled in a better way. This increased my level of respect for him.

    Rumsfeld narrates the book and does a good job. Sometimes, authors are not the best narrators, but not a problem here.

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    "Rumsfelds rhetoric and idle ramblings"
    What would have made Rumsfeld's Rules better?

    If he had actually shared his Machiavellian magic, instead of propaganda.


    What was most disappointing about Donald Rumsfeld’s story?

    It's no secret that this guy is a certified Michael Foxtrot and makes Dick Cheney seem warm and friendly. My morbid curiosity was hoping he might just lay it all out there (his management style). Nope, this is pure propaganda. No secrets to obliterating your business rivals here. : (


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