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Monday, August 01, 2011

Colin Powell on Leadership

Lesson #6:  "You don't know what you can get away with until you try."

You know the expression, "It's easier to get forgiveness than permission."  Well, it's true.  Good leaders don't wait for official blessing to try things out.  They're prudent, not reckless.  But they also realize a fact of life in most organizations:  if you ask enough people for permission, you'll inevitably come up against someone who believes his job is to say "no."  So the moral is, don't ask.  Less effective middle managers endorsed the sentiment, "If I haven't explicitly been told 'yes,' I can't do it," whereas the good ones believed, "If I haven't explicitly been told 'no,' I can."  There's a world of difference between these two points of view.

8 comments:

Chris said...

But we told Obama no!

Anonymous said...

Good ole "one-track" Chris at it early today!

Anonymous said...

You are indeed a one note song, Chris.

Chris said...

Can I help it if it's true?

rcorum said...

Don't let Chris get under your skin. At least she signs her name.

Colin Powell is a true leader. It seems like men and women like him care too much for their family to run for President.

Anonymous said...

Yes, you can. I find lots of things to talk about all day that have nothing to do with Obama. Larry's post, for instance, has nothing to do with Obama. So, yes, Chris, you have a choice, and yours is to always make everything about Obama. You are absolutely obsessed with hating him.

Anonymous said...

Don't blame Chris. After all, you never know what you can get away with unless you try...

Chris said...

I don't hate anybody but Obama is not good for the country and definitely not a leader. In these trying times we need a leader.