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If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government by John O'Leary, William D. Eggers

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CHAPTER 4

The Overconfidence Trap

Fear, Risk, and the Best-Laid Plans

Idea → Design → Stargate → Implementation → Results

(←—————Reevaluation—————→)

CHAPTER GUIDE

  • Mayor Livingstone Makes London Drivers Pay
  • The Overconfidence Trap
  • The Real Tragedy of the Commons
  • War Games in London
  • A Trip Up Mount Washington
  • Iraq Reconstruction: Plan B
  • First Impressions: The Boy with the Vase
  • The Scary Secret of Successful Implementation

There ain’t no horse that can’t be rode, and there ain’t no rider that can’t be throwed.

—COWBOY SAYING

LONDON, FEBRUARY 17, 2003, 5:30 A.M.: The sky is still dark when Ken Livingstone, the fifty-seven-year-old mayor of London, opens the door to leave his flat. Flash, flash, flash, flash. The mayor is bathed in a blinding ...

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