Thursday, November 16, 2006

Ways and means...

In the early 1970's Winston Lord was a member of the National Security Council's planning staff and personal aide to National Security Advisor, Henry Kissenger. Lord had worked on one report for Kissinger for days. After handing it in he got back a note saying, "Is this the best you can do?" Lord went to work on the report again, attacking it with new vigor and insights. Once again the report came back with the same message: "Is this the best you can do?" Lord made himself sick with exertion trying to rethink the report. When the third version came back with the same curt comment from Kissenger, Lord stormed into his office and screamed, "Damn it! Yes, it's the best I can do!" "Good," replied Kissenger. "Then I guess I'll read it this time."


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