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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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    Jean 11-04-12
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    "Excellent book for a new leader"
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    This book has some very solid principles for leadership that might not be know to a new leader. I think anyone who has been recently promoted to a leadership position should hear this book. Having Gen Powell read it himself makes it that much better.

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    Dan Broadlands, VA, United States 07-03-12
    Dan Broadlands, VA, United States 07-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "More life lessons than I could ever consume"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    There are certainly enough experiences in this book to fit anyone. It's a bounus having Powell read his own book as he's a great reader.


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    Rod Tatchell Duncraig, Western Australia 06-18-12
    Rod Tatchell Duncraig, Western Australia 06-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting character and insights"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Always fascinating to hear the personal perspective of someone who has been so close to political power and at the centre of world affairs. For example he spends some time on the whole WMD thing and it's interesting to go behind the scenes on that issue.At times a bit preachy but still a very worthwhile listen and while this was not strictly a biography there is enough personal history to make the experience enjoyable.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to It Worked for Me?

    Anyone interested in world affairs and the lives of significant people


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    Gregory 06-18-12
    Gregory 06-18-12
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    "Too repetitious"
    What did you like best about It Worked for Me? What did you like least?

    While his life story was very interesting and I enjoyed it, I found him telling the same story over and over in different contexts.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His fairness to all his subordinates and how he treated all people.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe.


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    Fritz Leesburg, VA, United States 05-30-12
    Fritz Leesburg, VA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2012
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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?

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    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.


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    James Buchanan 06-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Very enjoyable."

    Leadership, being of service to others, developing and keeping relationships, gratitude, dedication and teamwork...they are all present in this book. General Powell writes from the heart with humor and humbleness. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommended to others.

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    Thomas Elliott 06-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Must Read"

    Filled with personal anecdotes and wise counsel from a true American patriot. A must read for any rising or incumbent public servant, Powell shares firsthand his philosophy on life and leadership. I love that he took the time to narrate this work, his personal emphasis and energy makes listening feel like a conversation with the man himself.

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    Amazon Customer 06-09-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Colin Powell is a genius and a leader."

    After finishing this unabridged version, I feel like I have met a great person. I highly recommend this book for individuals learning about self determination and leadership.

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    Sean D Floyd 05-24-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    The stories are captivating, there are many valuable lessons. I value the leadership lessons and insight.

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    Gabriele Merrill 03-31-17
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    "Military Leader"

    As a former military leader and now DA Civilian, the experiences and relational messages that transfer from then to now are superlatively articulated and explained in a way I can totally relate to. It is always a pleasure to hear General Powell speak.

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