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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 8

Creating a Better Future

The Execution Mindset

CHAPTER GUIDE

  • Mr. Moynihan Goes to Washington
  • LBJ Declares War—Twice
  • Moynihan’s Obsession
  • The Remarkable Dwight Ink
  • The Alaska Earthquake of 1964
  • “Mr. Implementation” in the White House
  • Closing an Agency for Ronald Reagan
  • Taking Government Work Seriously
  • The Courage to Make Yourself Heard
  • Your Turn

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

—GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

THE FUTURE HEALTH OF DEMOCRACY depends on government’s ability to successfully execute on wisely selected undertakings. Given the challenges we face, if we consistently choose the wrong course of ...

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