Berger's Rules for White House Work
Sandy Berger, President Clinton’s new national security adviser, was about to address his staff last month, so he grabbed an envelope and scribbled down "Berger's Rules" for serving in the White House. This week he shared them with a reporter.
- Never forget where you work – the White House – and for whom – the President. If you lose your sense of awe about that, it’s time to think about moving on.
- Don’t let it fester. Get it off your chest, and then move on.
- Think big and write short
- Wear your beeper.
- Take responsibility. Give credit.
- Be honest – with yourself, with your colleagues and with me – although you don’t have to be brutal about it.
- Set your goals high and then go home at night and think about three things you’ve accomplished, not the seven you didn’t.
- If you don't want to read about it in the Washington Post, don't do it because you probably will.
- This can be a tough place to work; watch out for one another.
- Be proud of what you’re doing for our country.
--Washington Post July 1998
- He [Saddam Hussein] will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983.
- (18 February 1998); Quoted on U S News, October 25, 2011