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It Worked for Me Audiobook

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Philipp San Francisco 03-31-14
    Philipp San Francisco 03-31-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Balance between Insight and Storytelling"
    Would you listen to It Worked for Me again? Why?

    I am very surprised about the leadership insights from Colin Powell. His book is excellent and has a great balance between practical insights into leadership with examples and stories everybody who followed the news in the 2000s can relate to.

    Narration is great as well.


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    andrew Reserve, LA, United States 03-21-14
    andrew Reserve, LA, United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2013

    I enjoy history, biographys, and nerdy/ dorky things.

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    "Great advice from a great man."
    What made the experience of listening to It Worked for Me the most enjoyable?

    The fact of Colin Powell narrating the book himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Attempting to resolve an issue with Spain and Morocco quickly so, he can go out and play with his grand-kids.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    How a man of such humble beginnings, son of immigrants, moping floor at a Pepsi plant, could rise to such a high level is a testament of why America is so great.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a biography. Sure he highlights important facts and dates but this his Colin Powell giving advice. Colin Powell is a hero of mine, and after reading this book even more so. His leadership/ life advice is second to none.

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    James 09-19-13
    James 09-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very worthwhile"
    Would you listen to It Worked for Me again? Why?

    Well - I don't usually listen to any books twice - but if I had this in hard copy I would surely keep it on my bookshelf as a reference guide for leadership. He takes us through key points in his career - from a young Army infantry officer in Viet Nam - General and Secretary of State. Along the way, he describes key decisions he had to make, and the reasons behind them. I thought this was one of the better books on leadership I read. One could easily use the same approaches in most situations in business.


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    Kristin 08-04-13
    Kristin 08-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great man!"

    I enjoy hearing life stories from someone I admire. He is just a favorite of mine, so I can't do anything, but admire his life.

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    Amazon Customer bethesda md 07-24-13
    Amazon Customer bethesda md 07-24-13 Member Since 2016

    blind bob and me

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    "Awesome"
    Would you listen to It Worked for Me again? Why?

    I am stronger and have more confidence after listening to what makes good strong leaders. Thank you for giving me the courage and insight.
    It is worth the investment. I am listening to it every night at bedtime now-3rd time!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Personal stories and special insights


    Have you listened to any of Colin Powell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Reagan relationships, Bush references made me feel like I had inside information.


    Any additional comments?

    I was shocked that he was not a great student. As a teacher it encourages me to help students who are struggling more. It is also important to give potential a chance and see what happens. How many people just don't get that chance? Then again, many who get a lucky break do not know what to do with it. Powell was smart and skillful.

    I was confused as to why he told the press to pronounce his name "Colon" instead of Colin. Not sure why.

    Good book. Helps me a great deal. Thanks.

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    Sanjaya Jakarta, Indonesia 06-11-13
    Sanjaya Jakarta, Indonesia 06-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A Compilation onf Tales from A Soldier"
    If you could sum up It Worked for Me in three words, what would they be?

    Leadership stories.


    What other book might you compare It Worked for Me to and why?

    I would like to compare this book to Jack Welch's 'Winning' because both books comes from experienced and the best leader in their fields. Also both of the authors deals so much with mananging, motivating and leading people.


    Which character – as performed by Colin Powell – was your favorite?

    Colin Powell.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laugh several times at Gen. Powel's jokes. I especially love it when he chuckles when reading a funny story about himself. It showed how humble he is and not taking himself too seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    I love books like this that is read by the author himself.

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    Hayden 02-05-13
    Hayden 02-05-13
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    "an excellent listen"
    Would you listen to It Worked for Me again? Why?

    Yes many stories covering many topics from which I can learn.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Colin!


    What does Colin Powell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice and the natural inflictions that come with the author also dictating the words he wrote.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Defining Moments from a humble man


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    Charles J. Tuzzo Philadelphia, PA 10-23-12
    Charles J. Tuzzo Philadelphia, PA 10-23-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good book on Powell's leadership strategies"
    If you could sum up It Worked for Me in three words, what would they be?

    Leadership, Ethical, Strategy


    Would you recommend It Worked for Me to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recomend this book to anyone who is in business and is looking for the building blocks to step up your game.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. However, I never listen to one book in a sitting.


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    Wilhelmina Orlando, FL, United States 10-11-12
    Wilhelmina Orlando, FL, United States 10-11-12 Member Since 2009

    I love to listen and read books. I don't waste a minute...I listen when I am driving, cleaning, getting my nails done, etc. Fiction books are my favorites.... mysteries.

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    "Powell: A True Leader"

    If you have a son, daughter, friend or colleague who is working or in a management or leadership role, Powell's words of his experiences are well worth listening to. He confirms some of the good things you have seen, and he offers tidbits you can use as a leader or follower. They are not individual snippits of leadership behaviors....they are snippits all tied together. I love the way he wrapped them around actual situations.

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    D. Zimmer Southern New Jersey 10-09-12
    D. Zimmer Southern New Jersey 10-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Stuff!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have recommended this book to coworkers. While I don't always agree with his view points and politics I respect and appreciate him. There are great leadership tools in this book. I'd like him to write another one. I'll read it.


    What about Colin Powell’s performance did you like?

    He is authentic as a reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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