There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

— Colin Powell

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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.

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Pissing people off doesn't mean you're doing the right things, but doing the right things will almost inevitably piss people off.

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A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.

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Colin Powell quote Always focus on the front windshield and

Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.

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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.

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None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows.

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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.

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Colin Powell quote Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

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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.

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Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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About Colin Powell

Quotes 377 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Statesman
Birthday April 5, 1937

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.

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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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Get mad, then get over it.

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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.

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Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.

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No one has done more to prevent conflict - no one has made a greater sacrifice for the cause for Peace - than you, America's proud missile submarine family. You stand tall among our heroes of the Cold War.

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Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.

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Don't be afraid to challenge the pros, even in their own backyard.

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A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.

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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.

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The healthiest competition occurs when average people win by putting above average effort.

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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.

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Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers.

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I think whether you're having setbacks or not, the role of a leader is to always display a winning attitude.

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Politics is not bean bags. It's serious, tough stuff.

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Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

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The only bipartisanship you ever see is when they finally sign a bill and everybody says, 'Gee, isn't that wonderful?'

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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.

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Don't be buffaloed by experts and elites.

Experts often possess more data than judgment. Elites can become so inbred that they produce hemophiliacs who bleed to death as soon as they are nicked by the real world.

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We know that Saddam Hussein is determined to keep his weapons of mass destruction, is determined to make more.

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Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done.

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Always show more kindness than seems necessary, because the person receiving it needs it more than you will ever know.

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The purposes of the United States should not be doubted.

The Security Council resolutions will be enforced - the just demands of peace and security will be met - or action will be unavoidable. And a regime that has lost its legitimacy will also lose its power.

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Strategy equals execution. All the great ideas and visions in the world are worthless if they can't be implemented rapidly and efficiently. Good leaders delegate and empower others liberally, but they pay attention to details, every day.

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The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.

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Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.

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The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise. In my experience, the people closest to the problems are often in the best position to see the solutions. The key here is to empower and not be the bottleneck.

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I don't want to spend the rest of my life giving speeches.

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Every organization should tolerate rebels who tell the emperor he has no clothes

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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.

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Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.

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Each of us must work to become a hardheaded realist, or else we risk wasting our time and energy on pursuing impossible dreams. Yet constant naysayers pursue no less impossible dreams. Their fear and cynicism move nothing forward. They kill progress. How many cynics built empires, great cities, or powerful corporations?

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But just as they did in Philadelphia when they were writing the constitution, sooner or later, you've got to compromise. You've got to start making the compromises that arrive at a consensus and move the country forward.

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Never neglect details. When everyone's mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.

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Leaders honor their core values, but they are flexible in how they execute them.

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Foe means enemy. Now, will we have differences of opinion with the Russians? Yes. Will they get mad at us from time to time, and we get mad at them? That's part of the normal diplomatic relations.

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There is a war on terror that must be fought.

Nobody's immune... And so rather than finding fault with what Spain has done by being aggressive in the war on terror, this should redouble everyone's efforts to go after terrorist organizations of any kind... Terror has to be brought to an end.

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