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
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.
Hearing the wisdom of Powell's life experiences and being able to relate it to my own life, decisions, and challenges.
I haven't yet, but I just got his other book because I want more.
I wanted to but I listened to it whenever I had the opportunity.
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.
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.
His description of how the UN presentation he gave contained flawed information.
Colin Powell enabled me to see how decisions get made by the military and how that process affected his thinking.
Laughed a few times at his stories.
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.
I loved this book. Colin Powell is just an amazing man, strong, bold & truthful. I found strength & humor in every chapter.
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.
Very inspiring & extremely interesting.
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.
Someone who believes that the saying "knowledge is power" is true!
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.
It ranks among some of the better books I have read.
The personal stories made me respect this man more than any other Republican I know.
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.
I really enjoyed this book and I really was not expecting to.
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.
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.
Don't miss the opportunity to explore the inner workings, experiences, and lessons from one of the truly great men of our times!!
It is great because Colin Powell himself narrates it making it even more interesting
His attitude and life lessons learned
How Leadership Worked for Me
This was a great book with excellent tips for better work and life management.
Great list of rules
He knows his own stories and is able to not just read the book, but tell them from experience.
Really good and well worth a listen, studying strategy and management at the moment and found myself linking up what I heard to what I have been studying.
"Condensed wisdom from a man with integrity"
The structure of the book is around life lessons Colin Powell has learnt through his long and varied career. He reflects on his decisions in good times and bad including Desert Storm and the Afghan and Iraq wars which is very interesting. Through this he explains his principles of leadership which could apply to any job.
His management style with toughness but compassion is clear throughout the book. I enjoyed his story about Princess Diana too.
It worked for me.
A good read for anyone taking a leadership position no matter how minor.
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