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    Leaders honor their core values, but they are flexible in how they execute them.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: value  leader  honor 
     
    If it ain't broke, don't fix it' is the slogan of the complacent, the arrogant or the scared. It's an excuse for inaction, a call to non-arms.
    — Colin Powell
    We have to start thinking of America as a family. We have to stop screeching screeching at each other, stop hurting each other, and instead start caring for, sacrificing for and sharing with each other ... We cannot move forward if cynics and critics swoop down and pick apart anything that goes wrong, to a point where we lose sight of what is right, decent and uniquely good about America.
    — Colin Powell
    The essence of leadership is building bonds of trust in your organization.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: trust  leadership 
     
    Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: experience  leader  learn 
     
    Respect for leaders by followers can't be mandated; it must be earned. It has to be given to leaders by their followers.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: respect  leader 
     
    Don't just show kindness in passing or to be courteous. Show it in depth, show it with passion, and expect nothing in return. Kindness is not just about being nice; it's about recognizing another human being who deserves care and respect.
    — Colin Powell
    Poverty arises and persists where corruption is endemic and enterprise is stifled, where basic fairness provided by the rule of law is absent. In such circumstances, poverty is an assault against human dignity, and in that assault lies the natural seed of human anger
    — Colin Powell
    tags: poverty  lies  anger  human  law  rules  dignity 
     
    If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.
    — Colin Powell
    None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: tomorrow 
     
    Whenever you start-give it your best. The opportunities are there to be anything you want to be. But wanting to be someone isn't enough; dreaming about it isn't enough; thinking about it isn't enough. You've got to study for it, work for it, fight for it with all your heart and soul, because nobody is going to hand it to you.
    — Colin Powell
    Every organization needs to be introspective, transparent, and honest with itself. This only works if everyone is unified on the goals and purposes of the organization and there is trust within the team. High-performing, successful organizations build cultures of introspection and trust and never lose sight of their purpose.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: work  trust  culture  successful  goal 
     
    Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: men  women  freedom  young  fight  year 
     
    An organization that is not facing up to people who are not getting the job done, is going to have difficulties.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: people  job 
     
    The less you associate with some people, the more your life will improve. Any time you tolerate mediocrity in others, it increases your mediocrity. An important attribute in successful people is their impatience with negative thinking and negative acting people.
    — Colin Powell
    Pissing people off doesn't mean you're doing the right things, but doing the right things will almost inevitably piss people off.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: people  right 
     
    Never receive counsel from unproductive people. Never discuss your problems with someone incapable of contributing to the solution, because those who never succeed themselves are always first to tell you how. Not everyone has a right to speak into your life. You are certain to get the worst of the bargain when you exchange ideas with the wrong person. Don't follow anyone who's not going anywhere.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: people  problem  right  wrong  ideas 
     
    Good leaders set vision, missions, and goals. Great leaders inspire every follower at every level to internalize their purpose, and to understand that their purpose goes far beyond the mere details of their job. When everyone is united in purpose, a positive purpose that serves not only the organization but also, hopefully, the world beyond it, you have a winning team.
    — Colin Powell
    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 state, stimulates me. But once a decision is made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.
    — Colin Powell
    In the army we are drilled into execution and then supervision, to make sure everything goes the way you planned it. But there is another thing that we do in the military, that I think perhaps isn't done enough in corporate life: As soon as you have made that decision, you start on the contingency planning. Because there is, as we like to say, a thinking, breathing enemy out there, who is not going to let you do just what you want.
    — Colin Powell
    Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
    — Colin Powell
    There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
    — Colin Powell
    Leadership is all about people. It is not about organizations. It is not about plans. It is not about strategies. It is all about people-motivating people to get the job done. You have to be people-centered.
    — Colin Powell
    We are not trapped in what the science of management says we can do. We are capable of doing what the art of leadership says is possible.
    — Colin Powell
    Maybe we don't put our young people in situations often enough where they're allowed to fail. When you fail you gain experience, and with enough experience, you don't fail as often.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: people  young  experience  fail 
     
    If a leader doesn't convey passion and intensity then there will be no passion and intensity within the organization and they'll start to fall down and get depressed.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: leader  passion 
     
    The best way to create a winning team is to train them, give them everything they need to get the job done and second, make sure they know what the job is and what the job will be. So you connect strategy to resources.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: job  strategy  winning 
     
    Have a vision; but it's not enough to have a vision, you have to communicate that vision to others. You have to communicate it to people who work with you and for you. You have to communicate it to the world leaders with whom you come in touch.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: people  work  world  leader  vision 
     
    Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: people 
     
    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
    tags: ego 
     
    In other words, don't expect to always be great. Disappointments, failures and setbacks are a normal part of the lifecycle of a unit or a company and what the leader has to do is constantly be up and say 'we have a problem, let's go and get it'.
    — Colin Powell
    In the army, all combat officers are taught the "Estimate of the Situation": When you are faced with a problem - take that hill, or in business maybe grow your market share - the first thing you do is to make an analysis of your environment.
    — Colin Powell
    When I was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, I would still have junior officers brief me. Usually these people knew more about the subject we were discussing than I did. I had to make sure that they felt confident enough to tell me everything they believed.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: people 
     
    When you wrestle with a pig, he has fun, and you just end up dirty.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: fun 
     
    My own experience is that you get as much information as you can and then you pay attention to your intuition, to your informed instinct.
    — Colin Powell
    The most important thing I learned is that soldiers watch what their leaders do. You can give them classes and lecture them forever, but it is your personal example they will follow.
    — Colin Powell
    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.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: people  management  fail 
     
    Give me the right people and I don't much care what organization you give me. Good things will happen. Give me the wrong people and it doesn't matter what you do with the organization. Bad things will happen.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: people  right  care  wrong  bad 
     
    No matter how significant or life-changing your greatest hit or miss might be, neither even begins to define who you are. Each of us is a product of all our experiences and all our interactions with other people. To cite calculus, we are the area under the curve.
    — Colin Powell
    tags: people  experience 
     
    Every organization should tolerate rebels who tell the emperor he has no clothes
    — Colin Powell
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    colin powell
    Birth    : April 5, 1937
    Occupation  : Former United States Secretary of State

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