Monday, June 30, 2008

In case you didn't hear him the first time

"We will still need men and women in uniform to call things as they see them and tell their subordinates and their superiors alike what they need to hear, not what they want to hear . . . More broadly, if as an officer you don’t tell blunt truths or create an environment where candor is encouraged, then you’ve done yourself and the institution a disservice.

The time will come when you must stand alone in making a difficult, unpopular decision, or when you must challenge the opinion of superiors or tell them that you can’t get the job done with the time and the resources available . . . There will be moments when your entire career is at risk."

Secretary of Defense, Dr. Robert Gates

1 comment:

Jay I. said...

Great quote. I think this has additional meaning because the Secretary appears to practice what he preaches.