The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell / Edition 1

The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell / Edition 1

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by Oren Harari
     
 

ISBN-10: 007141861X

ISBN-13: 9780071418614

Pub. Date: 07/18/2003

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing

One of Booklist's Top 10 Business Books of 2002 and a BusinessWeek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today business bestseller

"Management professor Oren Harari adopts Colin Powell's rise into the upper ranks of American power as a model for decision makers in the private sector. Harari hails Powell's character as the essence of a

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One of Booklist's Top 10 Business Books of 2002 and a BusinessWeek, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today business bestseller

"Management professor Oren Harari adopts Colin Powell's rise into the upper ranks of American power as a model for decision makers in the private sector. Harari hails Powell's character as the essence of a host of supple executive virtues, from defining and defending rational objectives to playing the provocateur against outdated modes of boardroom thinking."—The Washington Post

"Powell appears to be a natural born leader with an intuitive sense of strategy for advancement in war and politics. For those of us who are not so lucky to have such diplomacy inherently, Harari's book can teach us how to lead effectively following Powell's example."—USA Today

"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."—Booklist

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071418614
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date:
07/18/2003
Edition description:
List
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
156,867
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue

Part I: The Defiant Powell
Chapter 1: Don't be afraid to "piss people off"
Chapter 2: Foster a "clash of ideas"
Chapter 3: Maintain distance between your ego and your position
Chapter 4: Push the envelope
Chapter 5: Look beyond the surface and face the truth
Chapter 6: Challenge professionals on their home court

Part II: Powell on Strategy and Execution
Chapter 7: Keep mission simple, the message clear
Chapter 8: People-not plans-execute
Chapter 9: Master details to gain an edge
Chapter 10: Beware of experts and elitists
Chapter 11: Let situation dictate strategy
Chapter 12: Talent-not resumes-drives performance
Chapter 13: Trust the leader in the trenches

Part III: The Powell Character
Chapter 14: The Powell Way
Chapter 15: Optimism is a "force multiplier"
Chapter 16: Take work seriously, not yourself
Chapter 17: Prepare for loneliness

Epilogue: Powell on the first war of the 21st century

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The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books on leadership I have ever read. Colin Powell is a great leader and this book teaches you the important thing about being a leader. I really could not put the book down and if I did it was all I thought about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perhaps no political leader in the United States is more widely respected than Colin Powell, decorated soldier, architect of the 1991 U.S. victory over Iraq, former presidential contender and current Secretary of State. Using anecdotes and quotations from Powell¿s life, management professor Oren Harari distills leadership philosophies and methods that can be applied to business. The book is written in a short, pithy style, reflecting Powell¿s own direct approach. While the principles Harari uncovers are not innovative, they are comprehensive and practical. Charged with maintaining an international coalition in the ongoing war on terrorism, Powell has been thrust into one of the world¿s most important leadership roles. For this reason alone, we from getAbstract recommend Harari¿s book for its insight into the man¿s leadership philosophies, which have had a profound influence on U.S. military and government organizations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When the history of the last two decades is written in 50 years, I wouldn¿t be surprised if our secretary of state, Colin Powell, turns out to be the pivotal leader whose career crystallizes U.S. government foreign policy into new and more constructive directions. Since I have been an adult, no leader has affected me more. The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell is the first book I have seen which looks at Mr. Powell as a leader, as opposed to writing a biography about him. As a first go at the subject, I was impressed. Professor Harari also does all of us a great favor by including as many examples as possible since September 11, 2001 so that the book is extremely fresh and timely. There are, of course, many examples drawn from his military career culminating in creating the new-style military of the post Cold War world. Professor Harari extracted 16 key principles about leadership style, setting and executing strategy, and character from Mr. Powell¿s many pithy public quotes. Each one becomes a chapter. Subsections are organized around other quotes in most cases, and there is a chapter summary and listing of key chapter principles at the end of each chapter. Very interesting anecdotes from Mr. Powell¿s career fill in to the support the subsections, buttressed with examples from outstanding business leaders like Jack Welch. If you are like me, there will be few surprises in the list. These are factors that many leadership books talk about. On the other hand, expect to come away impressed with the single-mindedness with which Mr. Powell seeks out what needs to be done, and then pursues that mission with all of the tenacity, integrity, and leadership skill he can muster. Mr. Powell obviously pursues his leadership responsibilities with the zeal that most of us reserve for eating our favorite dessert. Mr. Powell is one in a million. We are indeed fortunate to have him as one of our country¿s top leaders at a time of great challenge for the United States. Much of the book comes from public sources. Mr. Powell was not a participant in writing the book. The author does have a professional relationship with Mr. Powell, which helped provide opportunities for chats from which material is drawn for the book. Since many of the quotes are from Mr. Powell¿s autobiography, those who want to know more about the man should definitely read that book if they have not already. Overall, I came away with a great respect for Mr. Powell¿s sense of balance and self-discipline. He can follow or give an order equally well. In either case, he uses great common sense to ensure that the right result occurs while observing the niceties of tradition and order . . . until they get in the way of accomplishing what needs to be done. His ability to be consumed with facts without micromanaging has to be virtually unique in my experience. He is also terrific at setting an intriguing and inspiring example. I came away thinking that we need to ensure that the lessons of this great career are well understood and employed by the generations to come. Thanks to Professor Harari, we have a good start in that direction. Donald Mitchell, co-author of The 2,000 Percent Solution and The Irresistible Growth Enterprise
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Michael Goodell More than 1 year ago
Everyone can learn from this book.
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Blueyed More than 1 year ago
This book really looks at how Colin Powell became the leader he is. His personal approach to dealing with troops, subordinates, world leasders and war, is incredibly interesting. This book has inspired me to follow true to what I know is right and strive to become a better leader.
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