This book has some very solid principles for leadership that might not be know to a new leader. I think anyone who has been recently promoted to a leadership position should hear this book. Having Gen Powell read it himself makes it that much better.
There are certainly enough experiences in this book to fit anyone. It's a bounus having Powell read his own book as he's a great reader.
Always fascinating to hear the personal perspective of someone who has been so close to political power and at the centre of world affairs. For example he spends some time on the whole WMD thing and it's interesting to go behind the scenes on that issue.At times a bit preachy but still a very worthwhile listen and while this was not strictly a biography there is enough personal history to make the experience enjoyable.
Anyone interested in world affairs and the lives of significant people
While his life story was very interesting and I enjoyed it, I found him telling the same story over and over in different contexts.
His fairness to all his subordinates and how he treated all people.
I am very surprised about the leadership insights from Colin Powell. His book is excellent and has a great balance between practical insights into leadership with examples and stories everybody who followed the news in the 2000s can relate to.
Narration is great as well.
I enjoy history, biographys, and nerdy/ dorky things.
The fact of Colin Powell narrating the book himself.
Attempting to resolve an issue with Spain and Morocco quickly so, he can go out and play with his grand-kids.
How a man of such humble beginnings, son of immigrants, moping floor at a Pepsi plant, could rise to such a high level is a testament of why America is so great.
This is not a biography. Sure he highlights important facts and dates but this his Colin Powell giving advice. Colin Powell is a hero of mine, and after reading this book even more so. His leadership/ life advice is second to none.
Well - I don't usually listen to any books twice - but if I had this in hard copy I would surely keep it on my bookshelf as a reference guide for leadership. He takes us through key points in his career - from a young Army infantry officer in Viet Nam - General and Secretary of State. Along the way, he describes key decisions he had to make, and the reasons behind them. I thought this was one of the better books on leadership I read. One could easily use the same approaches in most situations in business.
I enjoy hearing life stories from someone I admire. He is just a favorite of mine, so I can't do anything, but admire his life.
blind bob and me
I am stronger and have more confidence after listening to what makes good strong leaders. Thank you for giving me the courage and insight.
It is worth the investment. I am listening to it every night at bedtime now-3rd time!
Personal stories and special insights
Reagan relationships, Bush references made me feel like I had inside information.
I was shocked that he was not a great student. As a teacher it encourages me to help students who are struggling more. It is also important to give potential a chance and see what happens. How many people just don't get that chance? Then again, many who get a lucky break do not know what to do with it. Powell was smart and skillful.
I was confused as to why he told the press to pronounce his name "Colon" instead of Colin. Not sure why.
Good book. Helps me a great deal. Thanks.
I would like to compare this book to Jack Welch's 'Winning' because both books comes from experienced and the best leader in their fields. Also both of the authors deals so much with mananging, motivating and leading people.
I laugh several times at Gen. Powel's jokes. I especially love it when he chuckles when reading a funny story about himself. It showed how humble he is and not taking himself too seriously.
I love books like this that is read by the author himself.