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.
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Accomplishing great deeds

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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: 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.’
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