Many people around the President have sizeable egos before entering government, some with good reason. Their new positions will do little to moderate their egos.
We tend to read each other's books in sizeable chunks as they are written.
I don't know that you could say we are ruthless with each other - in fact, I suppose we are very kind. There are ways to make suggestions which are not destructive.
And so we said to General Motors that the solution had to be a first year increase, which had to be sizeable because we had to catch up with the lost position as against the cost of living and we had to make some progress.