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Colin Powell

Datum narození: 5. duben 1937

Colin Luther Powell byl 65. ministrem zahraničních věcí Spojených států amerických. Studoval George Washington University. Ve funkci byl od 20. ledna 2001 do 23. ledna 2005 v kabinetu prezidenta George W. Bushe. Prezident Bush jej do funkce navrhl 16. prosince 2000 a poté, co jej Kongres Spojených států amerických jednomyslně schválil, stal se Powell historicky nejvýše postaveným Afroameričanem v americké vládě. Jako generál americké armády vykonával v letech 1987-1989 funkci poradce pro národní bezpečnost a v letech 1989-1993 byl předsedou Sboru náčelníků, v této funkci vedl americká vojska během Války v Zálivu. V roce 1993 mu Ronald Reagan udělil ocenění Ronald Reagan Freedom Award.

„Vůdcovství je v umění dosahovat víc, než věda o managementu tvrdí, že je možné.“

„Nejenom studená válka skončila, skončilo i období po studené válce.“ 18. říjen 2002

„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. As you grow, your associates will
change. Some of your friends will not want you to go on. They will want you
to stay where they are. Friends that don't help you climb will want you to
crawl. Your friends will stretch your vision or choke your dream. Those that
don't increase you will eventually decrease you.

Consider this:
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.

With some people you spend an evening: with others you invest it. Be careful
where you stop to inquire for directions along the road of life. Wise is the
person who fortifies his life with the right friendships. If you run with
wolves, you will learn how to howl. But, if you associate with eagles, you
will learn how to soar to great heights.
"A mirror reflects a man's face, but what he is really like is shown by the
kind of friends he chooses."

The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you
closely associate - for the good and the bad.

Note: Be not mistaken. This is applicable to family as well as friends.
Yes... do love, appreciate and be thankful for your family, for they will
always be your family no matter what. Just know that they are human first
and though they are family to you, they may be a friend to someone else and
will fit somewhere in the criteria above.

"In Prosperity Our Friends Know Us. In Adversity We Know Our friends."

"Never make someone a priority when you are only an option for them."
"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.."..“

„Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.“ On Leadership

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

„The day the soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded that you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.“

„Get mad, then get over it.“

„There are no secrets to success: don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.“

„The freedom to do your best means nothing unless you are willing to do your best.“

„Well, the correct answer is he is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian. He’s always been a Christian. But the really right answer is, what if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?“

„Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity.“

„Perpetual Optimism is a Force Multiplier.“

„You don't know what you can get away with until you try.“

„A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.-Colin Powell“

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

„The day you are not solving problems or are not up to your butt in problems is probably a day you are no longer leading. If your desk is clean and no one is bringing you problems, you should be very worried. It means that people don't think you can solve them or don't want to hear about them. Or, far worse, it means they don't think you care.“ It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

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