Bud: I take long walks, leave my mind alone and give truth a chance to show itself. I am an early morning riser and exerciser during which time I contemplate the issues of the day and what I am going to do about them.
Bud: Self-deception about what is important.
Bud: Sticking to the goal, that is the ultimate. The process may change. You have to do what it takes to reach the goal as best you can.
Bud: Too many goals. There are goals based on things I have to do and goals based on things I want to do and get done. I have to prioritize, use my time better and push myself. I am tougher on myself than I am on others to get things done and meet all the goals.
Bud: Not really, I am a lone-ranger most of the time. I know what needs to be done and what I want to get done. There is the 90/10 rule. If I call you with advice, you will follow about 10% of it. If you call me for advice, you will follow about 90% of it.
L on T: Do you think leaders are more prone to have poor thinking when it is done in isolation or in some sort of group?
Bud: It depends on the leader. Leaders who are out of touch with reality will make very poor decisions in isolation. You must be in touch and in-tune with your organization, the circumstances of the decision or the political landscape. Some can do this more on their own than others.
Bud: Yes, very much. I respect the facts of a matter. Your judgment is only as good as your information. There are usually three sides to every story: his, hers and the truth. I try to spend 80% of my time understanding the opposition or different points of view than my own. This often leads to me changing my mind about my original opinion.
Bud: I used to think I knew all the answers, now I think I know better questions.
Bud: When I misjudge someone and become overconfident in my understanding of a situation and the facts. It has happened when I wanted to be loved instead of respected and didn’t understand the seriousness of the decision.
Bud: Senator Chuck Grassley, Steve Forbes, Senator Paul Laxalt, David Miller (West Bank, retired). These people were excellent thinkers because they had clarity, realism, pragmatism, brevity, a sixth sense about people, were accessible and understood the difference between hearing and listening.
Bud: My grandfather, Meyer Hockenberg. Kirk Porter, professor of political science at Iowa. O.K. Patton, professor of law at Iowa. First law partners, Sam Abramson and Abe Meyers.
Bud: I will use an analogy. A pessimist says the glass is half empty. An optimist says the glass is half full. A pragmatic optimist says the glass is half full but because of the evaporation rate, you’d better get moving. I have also learned to be nice to people you meet on the way up the ladder because you will probably meet the same people on the way down.