In the tradition of books like Get Better or Get Beaten and What It Takes to Be no.1, comes Oren Harari's Leadership Secrets from Colin Powell. Colin Powell is one of the most recognizable and highly regarded leaders in the world. As secretary of state, his face appears on the front page of hundreds of newspapers across the world several times per week. Colin Powell is nothing less than a classic American success story. The son of immigrants, Powell was born in Harlem and grew up in the South Bronx. After stints in Korea, Vietnam and Germany he made his most important marks in the Pentagon bureaucracy, and became Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before becoming secretary of state in 2001. His biography, My American Journey, earned out its 6.5 million dollar advance (according to the op. ed. editor of The New York Times). This book will be modeled after Get Better or Get Beaten, with 20-22 short chapters (18 of those devoted to the leadership secrets), with several subheads per chapter, and Powell Rules at the end of each chapter. Sample chapters include: Don't be afraid to push the envelope: "You don't know what you can get away with until you try." It's people, not organizations, that determine success: "Organizations don't really accomplish anything. Plans don't accomplish anything, either. Theories of management don't much matter." Discount organizational charts and titles: "Organizational charts and hence titles count for next to nothing." Maintain distance between your position and your ego. "Never let your ego get so close to your position that when your position goes, your ego goes with it." The key to the book will be execution. This is not a biography (that's been done). This is a leadership book that will appeal to a wide and diverse audience, including members of the military. One of the primary appeals of the book will be its simplicity. By keeping the book short, and including several "bite-sized" sections to each chapter, readers will be treated to an easily accessible book that reveals the leadership secrets that made Colin Powell what he is today. The book is based on an article that Harari wrote after he met Colin Powell and heard him speak. That piece, entitled Leadership Secrets from Chairman Powell, became the subject of a front page story in The Wall Street Journal in March 2001. That piece spoke of how the Harari article sparked great demand for the Colin Powell "primer" (the article). For example, General Motors of Canada printed a bi-lingual in-house training manual based on the primer. In summary, we have a strong package that reveals the leadership secrets of one of the great brand names in the world of leadership: Colin Powell, the man that helped win the Gulf War.
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"This is a 'battle-tested' leadership book and although the author has shown how to apply these principles in the corporate venue, you don't have to be a CEO to benefit from the words and wisdom of Colin Powell."From the Back Cover:
"The Performance of the Organization is the Ultimate Measure of the Leader."
Colin Powell has established an entirely new paradigm for leadership excellence. Through four U.S. presidents and countless world crisesincluding the current high-stakes campaign against global terrorthe blunt-spoken four-star general has grown to become one of the world's most effective, bottom-line leaders.
The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell goes beyond other books to take an honest look into the foundations of Powell's compelling leadership style. Practical yet penetrating, it examines:
Sparked with insights and observations that are as refreshingly honest as they are grittily realistic, The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell is the first in-depth exploration of Colin Powell's goal-driven approach to leadership. Whether you are currently a business leader or one who aspires to leadership, it provides a blueprint for inspiring anyoneincluding yourselfto achieve extraordinary levels of performance.
"This book is about leadershipthe kind of practical, mission- and people-based leadership that Colin Powell has practiced, and which throughout his career has translated into performance excellence and competitive success. Whether you run a small family business, a large corporation, a National Guard unit, or your local Parent Teachers Association, you'll benefit from looking at leadership the way Powell himself has looked at leadership."From the Prologue
Though born and raised in the hardscrabble streets of the Bronx, Colin Powell has learned to operate with skill and ease in the world's most exclusive, exacting corridors of power. Comfortable and confident in today's bare-knuckles geopolitical arena, the self-effacing Powell has always been willing to deflect credit if it meant achieving his stated goals.
But make no mistake. Colin Powell isand always will bein command.
The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell reveals the deep-seated wisdom and rock-solid foundation beneath Colin Powell's leadership success. Drawing striking parallels between Powell's military and political skills and their value in today's no-quarter world of business, this timeless resource reveals insights into:
The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell takes us inside the man Newsweek calls "...the most respected figure in American public life." Whether revealing Powell's ability to make individuals perform, or demonstrating his uncanny knack to articulate vivid goals and values, this one-of-a-kind book reveals the man's techniques in a voice that is crisp, clear, and unmistakable in its resolve.
Change before you are forced to ... Put people over plans ... The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell provides no-nonsense, proven leadership solutions. It examines the principles that motivate Colin Powellnobility in purpose, credibility of leadership, integrity in organization, and victory in performanceand shows how they can help to guide you through virtually any situation. Just as important, it paints a portrait of leadership that is vintage Colin Powellshort on talk, long on action, and guaranteed to succeed when failure is not an option.
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