Colin Powell: Experts

English: Colin Powell on a visit to Google on ...

English: Colin Powell on a visit to Google on March 16, 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Experts often possess more data than judgment.
Colin Powell.

Colin Powell: Advice to aides

Cover of "Soldier: The Life of Colin Powe...

Cover of Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell

How To Survive as My Aide—Or What Not To Do

—Don’t ever hesitate to ask me what to do if uncertain.

—Don’t ever sign my name.

—Never use your money on my behalf.

—Avoid “The General Wants” syndrome—unless I really do.

—Provide feedback but be tactful to those who ask—talks between you and me are private and confidential. Alma (my wife) has nothing to do with the office.

—Never keep anybody waiting on the phone. Call back.

—I like meetings generally uninterrupted. I ask a lot of questions. I like questions and challenges.

—I like to remain enormously accessible. I like to do things with people.

—I will develop ways of getting to know what’s happening.

—Don’t accept speaking engagements without my knowledge.

—Keep track of whom I have seen.

—I tend to get moody, preoccupied. I will snap but that clears the air.

—Be punctual, don’t waste my time.

—I prefer written information rather than oral.Writing tends to discipline.

—I like to do paperwork—and I do a lot.

—NEVER, NEVER permit illegal or stupid actions.

—No surprises.Bad news doesn’t get any better with time.

—If there is a problem brewing, I want to know of it early—heads up as soon as possible—I don’t like to be blindsided.

—Speak precisely—I often fudge for a purpose. Don’t over-interpret what I say.

—Don’t rush into decisions—make them timely and correct.

—I like excellent correspondence—no split infinitives.

-Excerpted from Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell by Karen DeYoung


Colin Powell: Accomplishing great deeds

English: US Army (USA) General (GEN) Colin Pow...

English: US Army (USA) General (GEN) Colin Powell, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, waves from his motorcade during the Persian Gulf War, Welcome Home Parade, held in New York City, New York (NY). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Organization doesn’t really accomplish anything. Plans don’t accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don’t much matter. Endeavors succeed or fail because of the people involved. Only by attracting the best people will you accomplish great deeds.”

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Colin Powell: Loyalty

Colin Powell, Secretary of State.

Colin Powell, Secretary of State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I’ll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.”

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Colin Powell: Rules To Live By

Keynote by Colin Powell
Keynote by Colin Powell (Photo credit: nengard)

Colin Powell‘s Rules To Live By:

1) It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.

2) Get mad, then get over it.

3) Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls your ego goes with it.

4) It can be done!

5) Be careful what you choose. You may get it.

6) Don’t let adverse facts stay in the way of a good decision.

7) Check small things.

8) Share credit.

9) You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.

10) Remain calm. Be kind.

11) Have a vision. Be demanding.

12) Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

13) Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Excerpted from Soldier: The Life of Colin Powell by Karen DeYoung

Colin Powell: Being progressive

Colin Powell, Secretary of State.

Colin Powell, Secretary of State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Many interviewers when they come to talk to me, think they’re being progressive by not mentioning in their stories any longer that I’m black. I tell them, ‘Don’t stop now. If I shot somebody you’d mention it.’
Colin Powell.

Colin Powell: Egoistic position

U.S. Army General Colin Powell, Chairman of th...

U.S. Army General Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Don’t let your ego get too close to your position, so that if your position gets shot down, your ego doesn’t go with it.
Colin Powell.

Colin Powell: Fit no stereotypes

English: Colin L. Powell Signature

English: Colin L. Powell Signature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.”
—Colin Powell

C S Lewis: Peers

“We all wish to be judged by our peers, by the men ‘after our own heart.’ Only they really know our mind and only they judge it by standards we fully acknowledge. Theirs is the praise we really covet and the blame we really dread. The little pockets of early Chrstians survived because they cared exclusively for the love of ‘the bretheren’ and stopped their ears to the opinion of the Pagan society around them. But a circle of criminals, cranks, or perverts survives in just the same way; by becoming deaf to the opinion of the outer world, by discounting it as the chatter of outsiders who ‘don’t understand,’ of the ‘conventional,’ the ‘bourgeois,’ the ‘Establishment,’ of prigs, prudes, and humbugs. ”
—C S Lewis.