Chris Blattman

Bureaucratic entrepreneurs

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I was thinking about all the people who will soon be moving into their new jobs in the Obama administration, and recalled the opening lines of Richard N. Haass’s book The Bureaucratic Entrepreneur:

You have just had your second cup of coffee. Your pencils are sharpened; your legal pad is at the ready. You may figured out how to log onto your new computer and done so. You glance at your watch; too soon to start thinking about lunch. You want to succeed; but you are not quite sure what it will take. To be honest, you are not quite sure how to define success.

Sound familiar?”

So to all the new appointees: Good luck!

He forgot to mention, “spending all morning picking out which blue suit to wear”. (The navy one, of course.)

Via Stephen Walt.