I just finished reading the book, “The President’s Club” and it was a book I tore through in a short period of time because it was so well done. There was so much wisdom and insight from some of our leaders in the United States it is well worth reading.
One President, Nixon, who resigned under pressure in the 1970s, and was known as “Tricky Dick,” spend the rest of his life trying to rehabilitate his image. He privately counseled many of the President’s that came after him, and surprisingly to me, his greatest connection was with President Clinton. Clinton knew Nixon was amazingly bright and tapped into his wisdom often, to the chagrin of his political party.
The greatest piece of advice, that was wise, and simple and elegant that Nixon reportedly gave was this:
When asking some who is wise and that you value their opinion, do not bring them a problem and directly just ask what they think you should do about it. Rather, come with some idea, present the idea and then get their feedback. This will allow you to not offend the counselor you are asking for advice if you choose not to take their feedback.
Brilliant, and simple. So many applications to that advice.