The Moscow Rules

During the happy days of the cold war, in the game of spy v. spy, the CIA developed a list of rules for its agents posted in Moscow.  These 10 rules actually provide a reasonable methodology for living your work life:  attentive, flexible, slightly paranoid. 

The Moscow Rules are:

  1. Assume nothing.
  2. Never go against your gut.
  3. Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
  4. Don’t look back; you are never completely alone.
  5. Go with the flow; blend in.
  6. Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
  7. Lull them into a sense of complacency.
  8. Don’t harass the opposition.
  9. Pick the time and place for action.
  10. Keep your options open.
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