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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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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.


    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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Aurora, IL 04-13-16
    Joe Aurora, IL 04-13-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Story of a General"

    What can I say, it's Colin Powell. The book was written very well and contained many stories. If you are at all interested in, Colin Powell or what he did in the military, read the book.

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    Chino 04-02-16
    Chino 04-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Educational"

    Everyone should read or listen to this book. The leadership, wisdom, professionalism, and incite that General Colin Powell provides is priceless. I have learned so much about myself, life, and leadership. As a 1SG I am always striving to get better. I will listen to this book again and again and again, and I am sure that I will learn more each time. Thank you Sir for having the generosity in sharing this with the world. I always strive to conduct myself in your image. I am forever grateful and in your debt.

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    Steven A. 02-14-16
    Steven A. 02-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great lessons and testimonies on leadership!"

    I believe every person who aspire to become a leader should read and follow the principles the honorable General Colin Powell shares and teaches in this book.

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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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