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