Colin Powell

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Colin Powell, once the highest ranking military officer in the U.S., (now Secretary of State), loves to relate this incident from his Vietnam days. It shows the importance of clear objectives.

Finding an outpost at a very vulnerable spot, Powell decided to investigate why it was location was chosen. He was assured that it was a very important outpost.

"What's its mission?"

"To protect the airfield."

"What's the airfield here for?"

"To resupply the outpost ..."

----------------A Final Thought ...

  1. It ainít 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. Donít let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
  7. You canít make someone elseís choices. You shouldnít let someone else make yours.
  8. Check small things.
  9. Share credit.
  10. Remain calm. Be kind.

- Colin Powell (b. 1937), U.S. General. "Colin Powellís Rules" (1995)