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It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership | [Colin Powell]

It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership

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.
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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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    Geoff Riverton, UT, United States 06-25-12
    Geoff Riverton, UT, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good book with some great management advice"
    Would you consider the audio edition of It Worked for Me to be better than the print version?

    This was a great book with excellent tips for better work and life management.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It Worked for Me?

    Great list of rules


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

    He knows his own stories and is able to not just read the book, but tell them from experience.


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

    n/a


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcel Mettmenstetten, Switzerland 06-21-12
    Marcel Mettmenstetten, Switzerland 06-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No, it's actually pretty good.


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

    Whatever you think of Colin Powell, his story is interesting, and you can take a few lessons out of it!


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

    n/a


    Could you see It Worked for Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No idea - not a movie guy.


    Any additional comments?

    Pleasantly narrated. The speed is good, the voice is pleasant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Don Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States 06-19-12
    Don Bloomfield Hills, MI, United States 06-19-12
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    "Guidelines for decision-making in everyday life."
    Would you listen to It Worked for Me again? Why?

    Yes, because there is so much to be learned that it cannot be totally absorbed in one narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is of course about the experiences and knowledge base that Colin Powell has developed over his many faceted career so he is the key character.


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

    Himself.


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

    Yes, however, it was not possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I do intend to listen to it again and highly recommend it to anyone who treasures managing their relationships with others in a quality manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcelo 06-19-12
    Marcelo 06-19-12
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    "It could be better"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, because it gives at least a superficial vision of a great man.


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

    Because gave me insights of important and simple behaviors


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Fort Pierce, FL, United States 06-19-12
    Patrick Fort Pierce, FL, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great, great listening"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Good real life anecdotes. Applicable, interesting and enlightening. It's hard to peg this as a 'self help', entertainment or educational book because it's all of those. Furthermore, Before reading this, Colin Powell was a politician like any other. Now, he's a person. Someone I could hang out with.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Colin. He brought a personal and understandable feel to complicated political issues.


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

    Humor and emotion. In his stories, it's easy to hear in his voice what he was feeling and what he's passionate about.


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

    His regret over starting the gulf war.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story and well read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AZ Cowgirl 06-18-12
    AZ Cowgirl 06-18-12
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    If you could sum up It Worked for Me in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent book, Gen Powell made a wise choice in narrating his own book, it was very well done and entertaining!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal anecdotes.


    What about Colin Powell’s performance did you like?

    He's very engaging and draws you into the reading.


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

    There were a couple of spots that made me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read!

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    liss 06-18-12
    liss 06-18-12
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    "Learning from the master"
    What made the experience of listening to It Worked for Me the most enjoyable?

    That it was read by the Author. I could sence the emotions and the authenticity of the author


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Colin Powell, main character and storyteller.


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

    His warm personality and humor


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

    When he shares one of his greatest failures, about the alleged wepons of mass destruction in Irac.


    Any additional comments?

    I was inspired by Mr. Powell's honesty about sensitive areas of his life, and I belive that guided by his wisdom, I can grow/devlop into a better leader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay bridgeport, WV, United States 06-13-12
    Jay bridgeport, WV, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book"
    Would you listen to It Worked for Me again? Why?

    I will listen to this again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was read by Colin Powell. You hear the emotion he had for the story


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

    It contained some very funny stuff.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fritz Leesburg, VA, United States 05-30-12
    Fritz Leesburg, VA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Very inspirational!"
    What did you love best about It Worked for Me?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It Worked for Me?

    Colin Powell went to two schools that I was very familiar with in New York. It solidafied his street cred :)


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

    N/A


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

    When he advised, get mad and get over it. Those were serious words of wisdom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamla 03-28-13
    Tamla 03-28-13
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    "Good Management Advise"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, good advice in book


    Would you be willing to try another book from Colin Powell? Why or why not?

    Yes, because of his military career and accomplishments.


    What about Colin Powell’s performance did you like?

    Clear voice and easy to understand.


    Could you see It Worked for Me being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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