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
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.
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.
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.
Anyone interested in world affairs and the lives of significant people
While his life story was very interesting and I enjoyed it, I found him telling the same story over and over in different contexts.
His fairness to all his subordinates and how he treated all people.
The personal feel it gave. Colin Powell let you into his mind and his personal life. I literally stopped and jotted down notes prior to a job interview while listening to this recording.
Colin Powell went to two schools that I was very familiar with in New York. It solidafied his street cred :)
When he advised, get mad and get over it. Those were serious words of wisdom.
Recommend to anyone looking for interested in a fantastic book and leadership and a life lived well. Amazing insight in to the life of a national treasure. Thank you, General.
This book is incredible, from beginning to end. I particularly enjoyed the first part of the book in which he talks about the 13 rules and the lat part of the book, which focuses on life in general and the most memorable moment's of General Powell's career. As a Marine Corps Officer and an immigrant, I can relate to this book. I truly enjoyed listening to it and I wish I could have read it earlier in my career. I recommend this book to any High School student looking to go to college and perhaps thinking about obtaining a commission in the armed forces. I also recommend this book to current service academy students or current college students enrolled in ROTC. Additionally, this book is a testimony of the American dream. It solidifies that any kid regardless of ethnic or social economic background can accomplish his or her dreams through hard work, perseverance, and passion for this amazing country of ours. Thank you General Powell, this book has touched me in a positive way and I plan on using the advice you gave in this book for the rest of my life.
It Worked For Me is an adequately open door to some of General/ Colin Powell's valuable life experiences, his lessons as a result and the strategies/ advice are applicable to any profession on handling your own.
It is an all encompassing look that includes lessons learned and sound advice. He gave a role by role mentoring snap shot that can make the difference.
It was personal, easy to listen to and it kept me interested.
I felt pride, because I can relate to his military life and Jamaican influence.
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