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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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    L. Love Columbus, OH 08-11-12
    L. Love Columbus, OH 08-11-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Very good book.. I didn't want it to end."
    What made the experience of listening to It Worked for Me the most enjoyable?

    Hearing the wisdom of Powell's life experiences and being able to relate it to my own life, decisions, and challenges.


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

    I haven't yet, but I just got his other book because I want more.


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

    I wanted to but I listened to it whenever I had the opportunity.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say enough about Colin Powell. He is so relatable. I really admire him as a man, a family man, a soldier, and as a politician. He is a breath of fresh air. I really wanted him to run for President because I believe our country needs him. However, I do understand why he decided not to run. This book was one of the best I have read and I will read it again because it has so many life lessons.

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    M. Herp Louisville, KY 08-09-12
    M. Herp Louisville, KY 08-09-12

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    "great insight"
    What made the experience of listening to It Worked for Me the most enjoyable?

    Colin Powell's voice was pleasant to listen to as he read the Chapters. It felt more like a conversation with him where he told many personal stories.


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

    His description of how the UN presentation he gave contained flawed information.


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

    Colin Powell enabled me to see how decisions get made by the military and how that process affected his thinking.


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

    Laughed a few times at his stories.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy this kind of book where I get insights into how a person gets to their place in life, how their experiences have shaped them. and their philosophy on what works well.

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    Robert A. Francis Florida 08-06-12
    Robert A. Francis Florida 08-06-12
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you listen to It Worked for Me again? Why?

    I loved this book. Colin Powell is just an amazing man, strong, bold & truthful. I found strength & humor in every chapter.


    What about Colin Powell’s performance did you like?

    It's terrific that he read his own book. It makes it that much more interesting to listen to. You get that exact emotion & humor he brings to it.


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

    Very inspiring & extremely interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 07-27-12
    Edward C. Charbonnet Memphis, TN 07-27-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great stories written and read by Colin Powel"

    He starts with his 13 rules and tells motivating stories of leadership that have served him well. They are inspirational and funny stories. Too bad this man did not become president. Do you know what year he graduated for West Point? He did not! He is not only the first African American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, he is the first ROTC man to reach that lofty status. He attended CCNY - City College of New York. He is an amazing story of hard work and attitude leading to great success.

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    Brautha Minister Tallahassee, Fl 07-18-12
    Brautha Minister Tallahassee, Fl 07-18-12

    Someone who believes that the saying "knowledge is power" is true!

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    "If Military"

    Powell's narration was wonderfully done. The atmosphere created in the recording was as though he was sitting on my living room sofa having a candid conversation with me. The book is full of little nuggets and neat stories. However, I thought that there was a too strong theme of assumed military culture through out the book. I rather would have liked to hear his personal opinions on subject matters without all the political configuring. At times, you want to say, Powell just say it! Over all, it's a great piece for leaders and aspiring leaders.

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    Alisha POWDER SPRINGS, GEORGIA, United States 07-10-12
    Alisha POWDER SPRINGS, GEORGIA, United States 07-10-12
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    Where does It Worked for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks among some of the better books I have read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personal stories made me respect this man more than any other Republican I know.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His overall military experiences that he talks about are interesting, and his regrets about not following his gut feelings and usual processes to check facts with regards to Iraq. I found that I really respect his character after reading this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and I really was not expecting to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Colin Doylestown, PA, United States 06-30-12
    Colin Doylestown, PA, United States 06-30-12
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because you soon realize your own potential through Colin's stories and experiences. He somehow is able to boost the listener's confidence in themselves. He is a wise man and comes across very grounded and real.


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

    No, I listened to it in 1 hour increments while commuting. His stories are very meaningful and well thought out, you need some time to think about and digest them in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss the opportunity to explore the inner workings, experiences, and lessons from one of the truly great men of our times!!

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    Rock Massillon, OH, United States 06-25-12
    Rock Massillon, OH, United States 06-25-12
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    "A must read or listen"
    Where does It Worked for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is great because Colin Powell himself narrates it making it even more interesting


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

    The end


    What about Colin Powell’s performance did you like?

    His attitude and life lessons learned


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

    How Leadership Worked for Me


    Any additional comments?

    Phenomenal book!

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    Geoff Riverton, UT, United States 06-25-12
    Geoff Riverton, UT, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2015
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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


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    Marcel Knonau, Switzerland 06-21-12
    Marcel Knonau, Switzerland 06-21-12 Member Since 2015
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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.

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