Mitt Romney: Invisible hand

“The invisible hand of the market always moves faster and better than the heavy hand of government.”

—Mitt Romney.

Whoopi Goldberg: Normality

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg (Photo credit: Daniel Kruczynski)

“Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine. ”
Whoopi Goldberg

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: 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: Ego

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)

“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. ”
Colin Powell.

Edward B Butler: Enthusiasm

Portrait of Edward Burgess Butler, looking sli...

Portrait of Edward Burgess Butler, looking slightly to the left. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life. ”
—Edward B Butler.