Friday, January 18, 2008

Rudy On Leadership: Prepare & Visualize

Wisdom on Leadership from America's Mayor:

Prepare Relentlessly:
  • Preparation -- thus eliminating the need to make assumptions -- is the single most important key to success.
  • No one, no matter how gifted, can perform without careful preparation, thoughtful experiment, and determined follow-through.
  • Any leader will know some parts of his enterprise better than others.

Visualize Things For Yourself:
  • Visualize things in your own mind.
  • Thorough preparation is never a waste of time.
  • Sometimes, you have to know the material as well as the experts who work for you. That's the only way to develop an independent view and not be held captive by the people around you, who may want to spin in one direction or the other.
  • You don't want to micromanage or undermine the authority of the good people you've hired, but on occasion there's no substitute for firsthand experience.
  • Your people should be ready to make decisions when they can't check with you.
  • Relentless preparation means not just preparing for disasters but anticipating potential trouble.
  • Prepare for everything you can think of so that you'll be prepared for the thing you haven't thought of.
  • Put in place systems that will identify potential trouble and start dealing with it before it happens, even if you don't know exactly what might occur.

It should be said that I do not endorse Rudy Giuliani for the 2008 Republican Presidential nomination. If you've been to the site before, it should be clear to you that I'm a Fred Thompson supporter. I simply am enjoying Rudy Giuliani's book on Leadership.


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