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It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership | [Colin Powell]

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell's "Thirteen Rules" - such as "Get mad, then get over it" and "Share credit" - that introduce his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others. A natural storyteller, Powell offers warm and engaging parables with wise advice on succeeding in the workplace and beyond.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Personal Development, 2013

It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell's "Thirteen Rules" - such as "Get mad, then get over it" and "Share credit" - that introduce his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others.

A natural storyteller, Powell offers warm and engaging parables with wise advice on succeeding in the workplace and beyond. "Trust your people," he counsels as he delegates presidential briefing responsibilities to two junior State Department desk officers. "Do your best - someone is watching," he advises those just starting out, recalling his own teenage job mopping floors in a factory.

Powell combines the insight he gained in the military and four presidential administrations with lessons from his immigrant-family upbringing in the Bronx and his training in the ROTC. The result is a powerful portrait of a leader who is reflective, self-effacing, and grateful for everyone he works with.

A brilliant and original blueprint for leadership, Colin Powell's It Worked for Me is bound to inspire, move, and surprise readers.

Includes an interview with the author.

©2012 Colin Powell (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-27-13
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-27-13 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    When Powell's first book came out I rushed out and got it. I was impressed with his writing and looked forward to more books by him. He has a natural story telling gift. This book covers his famous "thirteen rules" which can be used by anyone in any role in life. He covers his time under President Regan, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. and his role as Secretary of State. I was very interested in his discussion of his UN speech, how it came about and the mistakes in the speech. He covered what he is doing with his life now and the importance of education, he had discussed the student exchange program at the State Department for high school teens from a variety of countries. I was not aware this program was available., I think it is a great idea. Wished they had something like that when I was in high school. Great book and he did a good job with the narration. Almost could be called a motivation book and how well the military can educate a young man.

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    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 06-04-12
    Ian Farnborough, United Kingdom 06-04-12 Member Since 2003
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    "It worked for me too."

    I have always admired Colin Powell. I have a liking for the element of military discipline which cuts throught nonsense and gets to the point and have always felt that Colin Powell embodies this. Except for the fact that he pronounces his name wrong. Although he does make a reasonable excuse for that somewhere in the last quarter of the book.

    The rest of the book is probably fairly predicatble in its content but worthwhile for all that. There are nuggets in here which translate into other aspects of life but the bias is, as expected, to see things from the perspective of a military background. Its not about fighting but it is about winning if that makes any sense.

    I'm delighted that Powell does his own narration and the last few minutes where he does a bit about recording the audiobook are an absolute delight. It feels like this is a really clever guy chatting about something he has just done that has got him a bit excited - absolute audio gold.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Applecross, Australia 06-01-12
    Christopher Applecross, Australia 06-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don't really like his politics or what he seems to represent in terms of the Bush administration but he is clearly an incredible man, an incredible leader and a brilliant role model. This is an inspirational and uplifting book from someone who has really done a lot in life and got there through hard work and decency. Highly recommended.


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    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-24-12
    Kathy Bedford, TX, United States 05-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "General Powell"

    This is not Gen Powell best book but since I think he can do no wrong, it gets extra stars.
    I was surprised to hear his take on conversations with Pres Regan and Pres George W -- my take was completely different! Still, Gen Powell is a proven leader and diplomat so maybe his take it the correct one even though it gives me fits of eye-rolling. The good Gen doesn't mind people disagreeing with him, in fact he encourages debate. That keeps me from feeling disloyal. Phew!

    He does add interesting details to both Iraq wars and the war in Afghanistan. Add this information to that found in The Art of Intelligence by Henry Crumpton and an interesting picture of D.C. decision making develops. It's especially interesting for those who participated in those wars.

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    Edo Hirosaki, Japan 03-28-13
    Edo Hirosaki, Japan 03-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    This book was full of Gen. Powell's advice and anecdotes for everything from family to work to leadership to life. I learned a great deal from his discussions of his 13 Rules of Leadership. There were bits of information that I can apply immediately. I thought this book was so useful that I will buy the print version just so I can have it to more easily refer to. The General does a great job reading the book and the stories he tells have much more impact coming from his own lips. I have recommended this book to my friends in the military and out, and highly recommend it as required reading for anyone in a leadership role. You'll take away a great deal of life lessons from this book - it's definitely worth the time, money, and effort!

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    Brian Clio, MI, United States 02-05-13
    Brian Clio, MI, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Surprisingly entertaining and informative"
    What made the experience of listening to It Worked for Me the most enjoyable?

    The book had a good flow from start to finish, I found myself compelled from one section to another.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It Worked for Me?

    The humility and quality of the material presented gave it credence. So often books like this feel contrived and I didn't get that impression from Mr. Powell at all.


    What does Colin Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The fact that Colin Powell read his own work gave it a credibility that I think would be difficult for an actor reading the same material.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book much more than I expected to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    william 01-03-13
    william 01-03-13
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    Where does It Worked for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of the better audio books I've purchased. Sometimes your excited to get a book but after listening for for a while you become disappionted. Not the case with this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It Worked for Me?

    I enjoyed listening to his thirteen rules and how he appiled them.


    Have you listened to any of Colin Powell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first book of his I have ever listened to. He dose a great job of with the performance. I would not have gotten the book if he ( Colin Powell ) did not read it himself, nor would I have enjoyed so much.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the old jewish tot shop owner pulled a young Colin aside and informed him that he, Colin, would not be inheriting the shop one day. The jewish imigrant told colin that he had to much potential to run a toy store. Although, Colin had no aspirations to run the store, he appreciated that a mentor would pull him aside to tell him he had value.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the few audio books I've listened to more than once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vikram NEW DELHIIndia 12-08-12
    Vikram NEW DELHIIndia 12-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A Hard disk of knowledge"

    A beautiful journey.
    How else could we ever, ever learn some of what he has experienced.
    Clear concise knowledge, straight from the gut.
    Even though I'm not very aware of the American history, this book will be a companion for time to come.
    Thank you Mr Colin, thank you very much

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    Sean M. Sowles 11-07-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Best book I have listened to in a long time."
    Where does It Worked for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I normally listen to Sci-Fi books, but I am ex military and wanting to move up into a leadership role at work. Mr. Powell has always been a role model for me so I thought I would take a listen to his book. I was pleasantly surprised that he is the narrator of this book. By far this is now my favorite book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Busy Bastards, because my work is full of them. They are not who you think. Read the book.


    Have you listened to any of Colin Powell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would love to have the time to sit down and hear this book all at one time. His answers fit perfectly into the military mantra that is already installed within me. I have listened to parts over already because I was in awe of how he expanded to deal with a situation.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Powell’s book is a great read for any veteran that is transitioning into the “real world”.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jsansp 12-09-12
    Jsansp 12-09-12
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    "Great insight from an experience leader"
    Would you listen to It Worked for Me again? Why?

    Mr. Powell was a polish performer with insightful wisdom to share.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mr. Powell's life experiences and shared insight is easy to apply to your own learning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't be a busy bastard.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Condensed wisdom from a man with integrity"
    What made the experience of listening to It Worked For Me Unabridged the most enjoyable?

    The structure of the book is around life lessons Colin Powell has learnt through his long and varied career. He reflects on his decisions in good times and bad including Desert Storm and the Afghan and Iraq wars which is very interesting. Through this he explains his principles of leadership which could apply to any job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It Worked For Me Unabridged?

    His management style with toughness but compassion is clear throughout the book. I enjoyed his story about Princess Diana too.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It worked for me.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read for anyone taking a leadership position no matter how minor.

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