I Don’t Have the Secret to Making Hard Decisions, but I Do Have a Yellow Note Pad

Liana Finck Mr. Rubin was the U.S. Treasury secretary from 1995-99 and is the author of “The Yellow Pad: Making Better Decisions in an Uncertain World,” from which this essay is excerpted.

Not long after my appointment as director of President Clinton’s National Economic Council in 1993, a letter arrived in my West Wing office. I immediately recognized the writer’s name: Mrs. Dorothy Collins.

“Are you the same Robbie Rubin,” the letter asked, “who was in my fourth-grade class at North Beach Elementary School?”On one level, Mrs. Collins’s question had a straightforward answer: yes. But on another level, the answer to […]

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