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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 11-04-12
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    "Excellent book for a new leader"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Broadlands, VA, United States 07-03-12
    Dan Broadlands, VA, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "More life lessons than I could ever consume"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rod Tatchell Duncraig, Western Australia 06-18-12
    Rod Tatchell Duncraig, Western Australia 06-18-12
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    "Interesting character and insights"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to It Worked for Me?

    Anyone interested in world affairs and the lives of significant people


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    Gregory 06-18-12
    Gregory 06-18-12
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    "Too repetitious"
    What did you like best about It Worked for Me? What did you like least?

    While his life story was very interesting and I enjoyed it, I found him telling the same story over and over in different contexts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His fairness to all his subordinates and how he treated all people.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


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    jose f oliver MANCHESTER, NH, US 05-17-15
    jose f oliver MANCHESTER, NH, US 05-17-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book"

    Great book with great examples about life and leadership and what it means to inspire and lead others. I Highly recommended

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    Toni 05-13-15
    Toni 05-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Leader, Teacher and Story Teller"

    First of all thank you General Powell for sharing your life and your leadership and for narrating this book!

    This book is powerful! There is something for everyone to learn from this book. Whether you love the government or not, whether you are in the armed forces or not, and whether you are or want to lead people or not. You can learn about strength, empowerment and how to move forward from any failure.

    I plan to apply many of the lessons I learned immediately. For example, the approach to solving problems, the importance of verifying verified facts, conducting meetings and after action reviews, knowing your followers, taking walk abouts, how not to be a busy bastard.

    There were good laughs throughout. I don't have a mentor, but if I could select any leader of my choosing, it would be General Colin Powell. Okay, since that's wishful thinking I'll use this audio as a second choice!

    I know this book has been out for a while. It's never too late to catch up or to learn!

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    Mark 03-06-15
    Mark 03-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great life lessons"

    General Powell is a great human being. He shared with us his life skills learned from other theaters mentors and diplomats. His integrity and honor this without reproach. His life lessons can onlyhelp those take the opportunity to listen and or read this book. I'm honored as American known the general pal let our forces many years it was a great leaderduring a time when America's tolerance and racism was rampant.

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    Taranza Crutchfield 03-03-15
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    "Greatest Book Ever!"

    You Are & Will Be A "5 Star General" To Me! Godspeed General Colin L. Powell!!!

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    Cyber Sleuth 02-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great inspiration"

    Great story and guidance for anyone interested in achieving leadership roles in whatever they do. We need more Colin Powells in the world.

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    Sleepy Sheep 02-17-15
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    "Helps Put Successful Leadership Into Perspective"

    What worked for him is applicable for all leaders, not just those in the military.

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