FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Monday, July 19, 2010

Diplomat's Daily Quotable- S

Another start to the work week here at the PGON. 

Suspicion: "Ignorance is the mother of suspicion."

This quote is great.  The less you know, the more suspicions you may have.  Knowledge is the key to dispelling this.

Summit meetings, preparation of: "If discretion is the better part of valour, preparation is undoubtedly the best part of summitry."
-Geoffrey Jackson, 1981

Preparation doesn't meant powerpoints though in my opinion.  We need to start 'telling a story' when we are holding a meeting.  If you are attending a meeting you should be ready to communicate and tell your story the chance arises.

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