In August 1940, in the midst of the Battle of Britain and just weeks before the start of the Blitz, Winston Churchill issued a memo to his War Cabinet stressing the need for brevity in "papers".
The memo is a good reminder that even in the midst of greatest adversity keeping track of the process matters -- perhaps that is when it matters most.
"To do our work, we all have to read a mass of papers. Nearly all of them are far too long. This wastes time, while energy has to be spent in looking for the essential points." - W.S.C.
Original source: http://www.ukwarcabinet.org.uk/documents/345
For leadership and history buffs the UK National Archives has an incredible site with the papers of the War Cabinet organized in timeline format and searchable by documents, people, places and organizations: http://www.ukwarcabinet.org.uk
Updated 10 Dec 2012