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It Worked for Me Audiobook

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
    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.


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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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    Bwnewt 02-05-16
    Bwnewt 02-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a good book"
    Would you try another book from Colin Powell and/or Colin Powell?

    I did not think this man had so ego but this book shows he is about Colin and is just not well done. I hate "I'm great" books. He was not that great and turned out yo go quite a sell out to his former bosses


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    D. Lutke MI 02-01-16
    D. Lutke MI 02-01-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Very worthwhile"

    Nice to listen to... It increased my respect for Collin Powell. Well done... All leaders should give it a listen.

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    Robin Lorae Hudson 01-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A true American"

    Really enjoyed his personal commentary about rising thru the ranks with his humor. He wasn't perfect nor does he try to hide it. He's a true American and I wish he was President!

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    Anja Schmidt Denmark 12-27-15
    Anja Schmidt Denmark 12-27-15 Member Since 2006

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    "Full of wisdom"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I like biografies in general and this was no disapointment in that category.
    This book is full of personality, good storytelling and good advice in a fine mixture.


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

    His voice is calm and trustworthy in that fatherly way.


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    Coleen 09-11-15
    Coleen 09-11-15
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    "It worked for me!!"
    Where does It Worked for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top. Colin Powell offered so many nuggets on leadership and life that I really enjoyed every minute of the book.


    Has It Worked for Me turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Certainly not. In fact, I was motivated to listen to other books by Colin Powell and other authors in this genre.


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

    No, I have not. But I will definitely be doing so.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, extreme reaction but lots of laughter and sheer delight at the stories shared and the insights gained from them.


    Any additional comments?

    A really lovely read which would be useful to anyone who is on their leadership journey.

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    AnnieM 07-24-15
    AnnieM 07-24-15
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    "I love this book!"

    I've listened to this book at least three times and read it once. Great leadership book.

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