Few people have had to make the life and death-dependent decisions in the steamy political climate and under the pressurized scrutiny of world opinion as four-star general and former secretary of state, Colin Powell.
In his book “It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership,” Powell provides readers and leaders of any organization 13 rules to live by. Since its publication in 2012, I’ve often found myself mentally muttering one or more of these rules when in a sticky situation and facing a series of tough decisions.
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. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8. Check small things.
9. Share credit.
10. Remain calm. Be kind.
11. Have a vision. Be demanding.
12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.