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November 08, 2005


I once heard, and have often told, the story of Winston Churchill's technique when he wanted to know something from a subordinate.

He would contact the person responsible for the topic and say:

"Pray give me, by this evening, on one sheet of paper, ..."

- where the ellipsis was replaced by a request for a summary on a topic, or an answer to a question.

I can imagine the sweat involved when the responder only had a single sheet of paper to hide behind - not much of a sheild!

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