I admire General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State. I saw these rules posted on line which outlined his operating philosophy.
Rule 1: It Ain’t as Bad as You Think. It Will Look Better in the Morning.
Rule 2: Get Mad Then Get Over It.
Rule 3: Avoid Having Your Ego so Close to your Position that When Your Position Falls, Your Ego Goes With It.
Rule 4: It Can be Done.
Rule 5: Be Careful What You Choose. You May Get It.
Rule 6: Don’t Let Adverse Facts Stand in the Way of a Good Decision.
Rule 7: You Can’t Make Someone Else’s Decisions. You Shouldn’t Let Someone Else Make Yours.
Rule 8: Check Small Things.
Rule 9: Share Credit.
Rule 10: Remain calm. Be kind.
Rule 11: Have a Vision. Be Demanding.
Rule 12: Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
Rule 13: Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
PalletOne CEO Howe Wallace
Since 2005, he has been sharing his thoughts on the organization, leadership, and communication in an online daily note to teammates called Daily with HQ.