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Book Title: My American Journey|
The author of the book: Colin Powell
Edition: Ballantine Books
Date of issue: June 30th 1996
ISBN 13: 9780345407283
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The size of the: 460 KB
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Back in March 2007, I had the opportunity to attend breakfast of the International Housewares Association. It was here that I was an arms length from Colin Powell as he gave his speech. As he provided short glimpses of events and accomplishments in his life I recall that I had to read his autobiography. Now a little over three years later I finally accomplished that by reading “My American Journey” by Colin Powell.
I found it fascinating the story of how Mr. Powell’s life twisted from his early years, through his solider years to his Washington years and retirement. While the majority of the book gave a good overview of Mr. Powell’s life, I found the Desert Storm sections the most difficult to make it through. It just didn’t seem to flow as well as the other parts of the book. Perhaps it was the topic, but it seemed like just a retelling of the events of the war during this time.
That said, the primary reason I wanted to read this book was for any words of wisdom or bits of knowledge, and I was not disappointed.
“Being in charge means making decision, no matter how unpleasant. If it’s broke, fix it. When you do, you win the gratitude of the people who have been suffering under the bad situation”…”You cannot let the mission suffer, or make the majority pay to spare the feelings of an individual.”
“Leadership is solving problems. The day a soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help them or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”
Colin Powell’s Rules
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. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
7. Check small things.
8. Share credit
9. Remain calm. Be kind.
10. Have a vision. Be demanding.
11. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
12. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
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Read information about the authorGeneral Colin Luther Powell, United States Army (Ret.) KCB (Honorary) is an American politician. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005), serving under President George W. Bush. He was the first Jamaican American appointed to that position. As a General in the United States Army, Powell also served as National Security Advisor (1987–1989) and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989–1993), holding the latter position during the Gulf War.
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