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.
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
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!
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.
His voice is calm and trustworthy in that fatherly way.
Right at the top. Colin Powell offered so many nuggets on leadership and life that I really enjoyed every minute of the book.
Certainly not. In fact, I was motivated to listen to other books by Colin Powell and other authors in this genre.
No, I have not. But I will definitely be doing so.
No, extreme reaction but lots of laughter and sheer delight at the stories shared and the insights gained from them.
A really lovely read which would be useful to anyone who is on their leadership journey.
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