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
blind bob and me
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!
Personal stories and special insights
Reagan relationships, Bush references made me feel like I had inside information.
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.
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.
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.
I love books like this that is read by the author himself.
Yes many stories covering many topics from which I can learn.
His voice and the natural inflictions that come with the author also dictating the words he wrote.
Defining Moments from a humble man
Say something about yourself!
Leadership, Ethical, Strategy
I would recomend this book to anyone who is in business and is looking for the building blocks to step up your game.
No. However, I never listen to one book in a sitting.
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.
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.
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.
He is authentic as a reader.
Yes, read by the author
Anecdotes and stories
Time to get off the train in Chapter 31
Life well lived
One of the best I have heard. I plan to listen again soon.
Inspiring, Actionable, True
Weight of command, similar depth although It worked for me is far superior
The rules of leadership.
The makes of a leader
I liked listening to General Powell in his own voice. In particular I like listening to anecdotes from his own career. Nuggets of wisdom he learned from senior officers, presidents Regan and Bush etc. He comes across as sincere and a man of integrity. It was also interesting to hear about his own particular background and how he worked his way to the top from humble beginnings in New York. His success philosophy obviously worked and his particular life lessons are valuable.
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