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.
This is an excellent book on leadership at all levels. I love how Colin Powell continues to reiterate the fundamentals of leadership which all starts with caring about the individuals that you are leading. To many times leadership is thought as smash over the head type leadership. That is not the case now or ever. The inside Colin gives to the trials and tribulations that taught him his life lessons is also riveting. Very good book that all individuals in any leadership position should read.
This is the first book I have listened to in 1 day; I started it on my drive to work this morning, left my office at lunch so I could continue, closed my office door for an hour, to continue & finally again after my team & everyone left the office for the evening... On my drive home and for a couple hours after I arrived home. It had some amazing stories & generated many thoughts. Thanks for sharing...
The books gives great lessons on life and how to be a leader through stories of General Powell. He has lived an amazing life and should be a role model to us all. Thank you for sharing your stories sir.
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