Gen. Powell has retired from a long and exemplary career. This book is an accurate reminder of how a leader needs to constantly be concerned with his/her personal improvement. Gen. Powell does an excellent job of communicating these points in an interesting, story telling style.
EXCELLENT READ. Just relax and enjoy the stories - you will accidentally learn how to improve yourself.
When there are so many authors like Gen. Powell who advocate and prove that knowledge, leadership, fairness, and judgement are extremely important, you wonder how so many upper level managers in this country get to and keep their positions. Once again, it is shown that leaders who know their respective fields make the best decisions for their company, themselves, and those around them.
There are some inspiring parts but I think my expectations were too high.
IT Specialist, Panama Canal.
This is a good book.I did read the advices given within this book and put them into practice……now I can say: It works for me also!!
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.
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.
Yes many stories covering many topics from which I can learn.
His voice and the natural inflictions that come with the author also dictating the words he wrote.
Defining Moments from a humble man