When training young managers, having a discussion of sources of power is fundamental.

When I am mentoring officers on effective management, I use this approach: I help them see how their effectiveness is multiplied by their use of informal sources of power rather than relying on formal sources like rank and position in the hierarchy. These lessons on Army style leadership have broad application to all lines of business. These managers and leaders will be least effective when they require formal authority to trigger action, whereas if they had informal power through their human connections to the non commissioned officer corps for example, their effectiveness can increase by an order of magnitude. The techniques for how to grow informal power sources EW extremely important among professions such as the Army when leadership and management positions are retained for one to two years at most and the leader must quickly secure the consent of the governed to be effective. 2. In any discussion of influence, you will notice the name Robert Cialdini highlighted as an expert in influence and I can recommend his books highly. You'll see his name quoted almost everywhere persuasion is discussed especially among the practitioners of neuro-linguistic programming. 3. Information on interpersonal influence strategies should be copied and placed inside every leader's notebook. (Available on request) 4. The discussion on values with respect to increasing power is extremely important. The leader must navigate a fine line between pure effectiveness and the ends to which the effectiveness is applied. People are very sensitive to being gamed or worked by insincere, and authentic managers and leaders who are using buzzwords and techniques that do not reflect their soul. Artificiality is the fastest road to ineffectiveness I've ever seen. I am also reminded of the important distinctions between cultures and their expectations. Culture has a lot to do with not only how power and influence are secured but appropriate ways in which that power may be employed. Being unaware of cultural differences in this dimension can be fatal. Power and influence are important discussions for mentors to have witht heir young students. These life lessons will stay with them their entire career, so make sure you give them appropriate insights. Ken Long, Chief of Research, Tortoise Capital Management [http://www.tortoisecapital.com] Adding value through independent research, combining technical analysis and human behavioral psychology. 30 day free trial of reports and live trader chatroom. Providing mentoring and coaching for professional traders.

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" [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] That lesson has played out many times for the soft-spoken Powell." he says. and they laid a strong family foundation. Powell writes. 'Don't disappoint us and don't shame us." Powell once told a Parade interviewer. as well as leader of volunteer initiatives such as America's Promise Alliance. In his autobiography. commanded respect and insisted their children attend college." That turned the experience around. cousins--they were nurturing my beginning in life.Colin Powell was--and wasn't--born to greatmess. The son of working-class Jamaican immigrants. hit home and stayed. In declining to run. His parents "did not recognize their own strengths. "It was the way they lived their lives" that established values the children adopted. "I wasn't a particularly good student. uncles. One of his worst transgressions was sneaking away from church camp for beer when he was in his teens in the early 1950s. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] But Luther and Maud Ariel Powell had high hopes that son Colin and his older sister Marilyn would be achievers. His resume would include stints as national security adviser. And his example spurred the other boys to admit their guilt. even though I may not be the one to fill it. but was redeemed by almost-divine intervention. he said he was nevertheless heartened that a black man was considered a serious presidential prospect by both parties. supportive family because he did not excel or even apply himself academically as a youngster. My American journey (written with Joseph E. Persico). "That's the realization of a great dream." They said. Powell remained a worry to members of his boisterous. "In one generation. The Powells worked hard." Rewards of Honesty As a youth." Powell tell SUCCESS. Powell was born during the Depression and reared in new York City's tough South Bronx. Powell describes himself as generally well-behaved but a "directionless" youngster. Powell was sent home where he faced his parents' wrath." he was quoted by The New York Times as saying. Something from that boyhood experience. the rewards of honesty. Powell's popularity crossed party and racial boundaries. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state. Generally regarded as . Those roots wouldn't seem to be a springboard for success. A priest told his parents "Colin stood up and took responsibility. "My parents beamed.'" [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] That admonition was not lost on powell. From juvenile delinquent. certainly for someone destined to become one of this country's most powerful and influential leaders. my aunts. 1 had been catapulted to hero. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Touted as a possible candidate for the presidency in 1996. we have moved from denying a black man service at a lunch counter to elevating one to the highest military office in the nation and to being a serious contender for the presidency." My parents and my minister. who ultimately gained admiration and respect from members of both political parties and the American public.

Powell was commissioned an officer in the U." he says. Although an average student in his early years. and that provided a spark that would fuel his dreams and goals throughout life. He had been accepted at New York University where tuition was $750 a year. The general. Powell excelled in military and academic pursuits. "I had no regrets. but difficulty with mechanical drawing convinced him to change his major to geology. he was awarded the Soldier's Medal. who was notoriously hard to please. Upon graduation. Powell said he saw Obama as "a transformational figure" and cited "his ability to inspire because of the inclusive nature of his campaign. despite lacking many undergraduate prerequisites when he enrolled. Powell's mother wanted him to study engineering. whose campaign he had supported and whom he considered a friend.S. later gave then-Brig. "1 had done what I thought was right. Powell served a coveted White House fellowship. he told a Senate committee the statement was based on erroneous intelligence. he made excellent grades in his 30s while earning his MBA at George "Washington University. He graduated from CCNY with a C average.N." He also said he regretted disappointing McCain." he wrote in My American Journey. Most recently Powell crossed party lines to endorse Democrat Barack Obama for president over Republican John McCain. For his heroism. Powell also famously reversed course on the Iraq War. During this period of his life. . was able to rescue fellow soldiers from the burning wreckage. Powell's principles put his career on the line when he pressed a couple of thorny issues with his commanding officer in 1982." After that. Gen. As secretary of state in February 2003. statement that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. Army and in 1962 was sent to South Vietnam as a military adviser. Powell's support was critical for Obama as he sought credibility with voters concerned about his lack of experience. So CCNY it would be. Also while in his mid-30s. he nonetheless has not been afraid to voice his conscience.N. He didn't know then that movers and shakers already had noticed his potential and made sure he got a second chance. Powell a lukewarm written review that Powell expected to end his military service. Powell has since called the U. despite his own injuries. speech a blot on his record. honing his knowledge of national issues and the inner workings of the federal bureaucracy as well as his understanding of how the Army functioned within that bureaucracy. Earlier in his professional life. At CCNY. but City College of New York required only a $10 fee. Powell propelled the United States toward an invasion when he asserted in a U. two months before resigning from the cabinet. "1 liked the order in [cadets'] lives--the order they could put in my life.noncontroversial. In an interview with Meet the Press. During a second tour of duty in the late 1960s. But in September 2004. he discovered the Reserve Officer's Training Corps. Finding His Direction Powell chose a military path when he was in college. But Powell gained something much more important: purpose and direction. one of several commendations earned during his military career. Powell retooled his resume for the Civilian job market. he was in a helicopter crash and.

many with an educational focus. It will give you satisfaction in life. Democrats admired his moderate stance while Republicans associated him with successes attributed to Republican administrations. and gained a reputation as "the reluctant warrior" who favored diplomatic solutions before military intervention. Powell says he did not build his life around goals: "1 never put chalk marks on the wall [that indicated] I've got to do this. Powell's name surfaced among members of both parties as a potential vice presidential candidate in the 1992 election. saying he would evaluate candidates of both parties before offering his support. Michael. I've had a full and active public life. according to The New York Times--but he maintained his influence. Today. But Powell was careful not to align himself with either party until the day he announced he would not seek the presidency in the 1996 election. Va. In this role.. their children. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In declining to seek the presidency." His best advice for others: "Look for something you love to do and you do well Go for it. he reportedly registered as a Republican.Path to Success Although Powell considered the fellowship a detour from soldiering and had been reluctant to apply until the Army ordered him to do so." Powell says he would like to be remembered "as a good soldier who served well and is well thought of by his fellows." He refers to Alma. but it may not. I've tried to do my best at what has come my way. But it will give you satisfaction. he was appointed national security adviser. "the captains and majors who taught me as a lieutenant and kept me going straight ahead. In his later years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs.. He applied this strategy to Desert Storm and was widely viewed as a hero of the Guff War. and lends his influence to youth programs. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Powell's military approach earned him respect among members of both political parties. He is a key supporter of America's Promise Alliance. and his Sour grandchildren.. followed by appointment in 1989 as chairman of the Joint Chiefs. Powell advocated use of overwhelming force to maximize the potential for success and minimize casualties. ." An Obligation to Give Back For all his career achievements. Powell says his greatest source of pride is "my family and my kids--and that's not a dodge. Powell cited a lack of passion for politics and a desire to spend more time with his family after so many years of public service. Once committed to military intervention. but it may not." Today Powell lives in McLean. but I'm not driven by ambition. It could mean a lot of titles. Linda and Annemarie. In 1987. he oversaw crises including Operation Desert Storm. the time spent in the White House paved the way for his future success. It could mean money. On that day. which aims to ensure that all American . his wife of 46 years. however. "There's no single other thing 1 can point to." Those fellows include his greatest mentors. I'm not without ambition.

the United Negro College Fund and the Children's Health Fund. That must be conveyed throughout an organization. Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision. which provide safe. which aims to develop students from underrepresented populations into leaders. "That means being a good citizen . caring sites for kids to learn and grow when not in school. It can be done! 5. then gel over it. and U2 musician and humanitarian Bono. It ain't as bad as you think. but it also means performing community service and public service. "My admiration is for the unknowns who give their time. He also has served on the boards of Howard University. 8. he tells SUCCESS. the Colin Powell Youth Leadership Center. 7. 3. City College of New York.. including people working on HIV/AIDS. It will look batter in the morning. 2. sitting on the board of a nonprofit or even running for elective office. their talent and their treasure--their money" to help others. Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates. Powell nevertheless commands respect and admiration through his very active retirement. He says he respects generous volunteers. "I have inspired more people by example. . Get mad. You can't make someone else's choices. who is more impressed by a woman in his church who helps disadvantaged students and by a retiree who goes every day to a Boys & Girls Clubs to positively influence youngsters there. Berkshire Hathaway CEO and billionaire Warren Buffett. But Americans "spend too much time admiring people with big names. With America's Promise. and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Avoid having you ego so close to your position that when you position falls." says Powell. You shouldn't let someone else make yours. your ego goes with it. The ability to lead has been a hallmark of his career. They can also help people through their church and workplace.." RELATED ARTICLE Colin Powell's Rules 1. "Every American citizen has an obligation to give back" to a nation that has created so much opportunity for him or her. Be careful what you choose. Lavish in praising others and modest about his achievements. we encourage people to get involved in the life of a young person.children have access to fundamental resources so they can become productive adults. and I do that by giving them a sense of purpose that what they do is important. You may get it. He founded the Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies at his alma mater. which helps youths graduate from high school and go on to further education or training. 6. Check small things. 4." Powell was the America's Promise founding chairman. and he and his wife speak on behalf of the organization and other causes by encouraging donations and volunteerism.

"leadership ." which includes equipment and training. Ultimately. A friend on the trick drill team was distracted by girlfriend problems. I make mistakes every day.. roll that mistake up and throw it over your shoulder [and move on]. I was blessed with a wife and family that understand. Share credit. I had to go to Vietnam and Korea. having realized "leaders are nothing without followers. What you do with a failure is study it and see what you did wrong. * ON WORK-LIFE BALANCE: "I have a family that understands the Army had to come first. I don't hold grudges. 10. Be demanding. 12.. Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers. trying to see the other person's point of view. Have a vision. "My wife applied most of the balance. when I was trying to work on a problem with a foreign minister. 11. Powell tells SUCCESS. although hopefully fewer than they make because I have more experience." Powell also supports servant leadership. Powell made sure to attend family events such as school performances and holiday celebrations." * ON EMPATHY: "1 try to be empathetic. * ON MISTAKES: "We all make mistakes. but didn't." That's self-defeating. is responsibility. * ON INSPIRING OTHERS: "I do try to inspire." he . what you did to fail in the situation." and inspiring goes beyond motivating. "We came in second. I don't keep book. Remain calm. Young people worry about making mistakes. I tried to see what we both would need" to make progress to benefit both sides. Powell was tempted to take over an upcoming competition for him. autobiography written with Joseph E Persico Points from Powell * ON LEADERSHIP: A leader must make hard decisions. In diplomatic life. Powell says he advised his team that "if you screw up. I tried to understand soldiers. Once you've analyzed it and learned from it. he says. "I know so many people who keep looking at a mistake in the rearview mirror. by letting him go on that floor unprepared. but that my family wasn't last. mostly at myself. not just what I wanted. In his autobiography." Powell says. too." Harari quotes Powell as saying. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. just vow to do better next time. I would try to see what he wanted." Powell writes in My American Journey. This was a lesson he learned in college. when I knew better. I had failed the trick drill team. 13. In the military.9. People must feel that their efforts matter. and I had failed [my friend]. Be kind." While at home. "1 was angry. When he was stationed away from home. according to The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell by Oren Harari. Powell says he conveys that by "giving them what they need to get the job done. Source: My American Journey." and that a leader must make sure his team has everything it needs to complete its mission successfully.

"I don't like golf. medicine and science. If I need you. "there was a second lieutenant who wanted to be a general. A favorite he shares with SUCCESS concerns ambition. and you are not in your office. Powell said. and the information revolution. I will find you at home.tells SUCCESS. Challenge them and keep looking below the surface. you are wasting your time. 'No. "And the young officer said. He tells youngsters to get a diploma and follow up with specialized training or college. which develops strategies for consumer-directed health care.1 don't have to prove to anybody that I can work 16 hours a day if I can get it done in eight. we have to decide. He is a public speaker and serves as a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Colin Powell likes to tell stories. He tried to convey the importance of balance to his subordinates. Powell writes in his autobiography that he often draws up a balance sheet of pros and cons to help him make up his mind. show courage and take care of his troops. * ON OPPORTUNITY: Powell still sees America offering unlimited potential for all its citizens. "I am 63 going on 64." * ON DECISION-MAKING: Don't let experts snow you. I will consider you to be a very. He tells American youths to choose a worthy role model who might be a general or a teacher or parent. a path that leads somewhere. He also serves on the board of directors of Revolution Health Care. according to the Harari book. 'How do I become a general?" Powell says the general told the young officer he should study all the time. before we can have every possible fact in hand. asking. very wise person. He bugged everyone. And that's how 1 become a general?' "And the general said. explaining that he goes with his gut feeling when he has acquired 40 to 70 percent of the information about a situation. When faced with personal decisions. that's how you become a first lieutenant" . because they may have more data than judgment." Powell tells SUCCESS. At one Army base where he was stationed. "Dare to take the harder path of work and commitment. Anybody who is logging hours to impress me. These days he's absorbing advances in technology. Powell advises in the Harari book. * ON LEARNING: Powell tells SUCCESS he believes in constantly building on your knowledge. a Silicon Valley venture-capital firm. "At some point. * ON RETIREMENT: Powell plans to keep working and stay busy. In an early speech to State Department personnel. He also recognizes that the Army offers now--as it did when he entered--a level playing field for Americans of varied socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. the environment and ecology. RELATED ATRTICLE: A Story from Colin Powell Retired Gen. as well. 'How do I become a general? He saw a general at the officers club and asked him. and I don't play tennis." he writes in My American Journey. even if you might find something unpleasant there." Powell writes in his autobiography. 8 at night. If I'm looking for you at 7:30 at night." he writes. "We do not have the luxury of collecting information indefinitely.

Most of the parents go for work in the wee hours and return only late in the evening thus the children have been getting a lot of free time to do whatever they like in the free time. economic factors. Though many youngsters are contributing to their respective nations in different ways. and other family problems.message: Don't get ahead of yourself.C. etc due to debts. educating the masses about law. crop losses. In places like Vijayawada. and Anantapur. Most of the children are also wasting their time in chatting and smsing. value of a disciplined life. the increase in the number of television channels from abroad and India. They attacked girls with acids. . The developments in internet facilities. cultural and social factors are some other reasons for poor character levels among some youth. etc. Ongole. If the youth spend their valuable time for productive purposes their nations get benefitted in many ways. importance of non-violence. love. For instance due to poverty some youth dropout from the educational institutes and involve in anti social activities including theft. misappropriation of funds by the officials and politicians. Adding fuel to the problem. If the relationships between parents are strained some children may leave the house and become orphans leading to a directionless life due to lack of guidance. In some cases the youth would become bonded labourers. D. there has been a decrease in the vigilance by parents on their children's activities. The successive governments have been taking several steps for the over all well being of youth but the targeted people hardly get benefitted from such welfare programmes due to many reasons. Powell supports many youth initiatives and is helping raise money for the Martin Luther King Jr. One of them is lack of awareness among the youth about the schemes being implemented by the government. knives and other lethal weapons as those girls did not respond favourably for their love and marriage proposals. both to be in Washington. The youth clubs are good for the society but they should involve more in productive activities. In warangal the police encountered the guys and killed them. Lack of education among the parents. truthfulness. the quarrels among them. excessive violence in movies. lack of awareness about the importance of discipline in life. For instance there is a need to create awareness in the society about many aspects of life such as the importance of voting. etc are some of the most important reasons for such a violent attitude among the youth. security and support. some engineering students went on a rampage. Put in the necessary hard work every step of the way. Warangal. Memorial and for the construction of an education center for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. and many such issues which play an important role in their day to day life. child labourers. there are some disturbing incidents in the recent past in Andhra Pradesh which involve youth. The other causes are heavy competition. developments in communication technology and easy availability of weapons.

Swami vivekananda.Sachin tendulkar. Gautham Budha. etc are some of the great inspirers for today's youth as these men achieved great heights in their respective lives by cultivating a certain set of qualities.com/1930819 . Such an attitude would help them in becoming role models for the future citizens of any nation. The youth is the most energetic and the future of any nation depends on them hence they should act in a responsible manner. Obama. Article Source: http://EzineArticles. Mahatma Gandhi.Thus the youth of any nation should cultivate all those habits which contribute to the over all well being of the people of respective nations. Muralitharan.

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