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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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Helps Put Successful Leadership Into Perspective

What worked for him is applicable for all leaders, not just those in the military.

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great!. i listen to this over and over

I seriously enjoyed this book and I believe you will too. It shows the real depth of our leaders

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Loved it

Great advice for anyone in leadership. I have "read" it at least 3x. & he is reading it. Always a better "read" when the author narrates.

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Great Leadership Principles

If you could sum up It Worked for Me in three words, what would they be?

Leading by Standards.

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

Colin Powell had a set back in his career but he was able to revive his career because he received feedback from his boss which provided him the opportunity to make changes in his work.<br/><br/>

Which scene was your favorite?

He went off on his boss and his boss told him it great that you are blowing off some steam, but you should not make this mistake again. Control your emotions.

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

He did not allow others to make him the person that they wanted him to be instead of him being the person that he wanted to be.

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  • Tom
  • Columbia, SC, United States
  • 09-16-14

Great lessons from interesting stories

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<br/>Gen. Powell has retired from a long and exemplary career. This book is an accurate reminder of how a leader needs to constantly be concerned with his/her personal improvement. Gen. Powell does an excellent job of communicating these points in an interesting, story telling style.<br/><br/>EXCELLENT READ. Just relax and enjoy the stories - you will accidentally learn how to improve yourself.<br/><br/>When there are so many authors like Gen. Powell who advocate and prove that knowledge, leadership, fairness, and judgement are extremely important, you wonder how so many upper level managers in this country get to and keep their positions. Once again, it is shown that leaders who know their respective fields make the best decisions for their company, themselves, and those around them.<br/>

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Not as good as expected

Would you try another book from Colin Powell and/or Colin Powell?

No.

Did It Worked for Me inspire you to do anything?

There are some inspiring parts but I think my expectations were too high.

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It also works for me!

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This is a good book.I did read the advices given within this book and put them into practice……now I can say: It works for me also!! 

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Great Balance between Insight and Storytelling

Would you listen to It Worked for Me again? Why?

I am very surprised about the leadership insights from Colin Powell. His book is excellent and has a great balance between practical insights into leadership with examples and stories everybody who followed the news in the 2000s can relate to.<br/><br/>Narration is great as well.

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  • andrew
  • Reserve, LA, United States
  • 03-21-14

Great advice from a great man.

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

The fact of Colin Powell narrating the book himself.

Which scene was your favorite?

Attempting to resolve an issue with Spain and Morocco quickly so, he can go out and play with his grand-kids.

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

How a man of such humble beginnings, son of immigrants, moping floor at a Pepsi plant, could rise to such a high level is a testament of why America is so great.

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This is not a biography. Sure he highlights important facts and dates but this his Colin Powell giving advice. Colin Powell is a hero of mine, and after reading this book even more so. His leadership/ life advice is second to none.

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Very worthwhile

Would you listen to It Worked for Me again? Why?

Well - I don't usually listen to any books twice - but if I had this in hard copy I would surely keep it on my bookshelf as a reference guide for leadership. He takes us through key points in his career - from a young Army infantry officer in Viet Nam - General and Secretary of State. Along the way, he describes key decisions he had to make, and the reasons behind them. I thought this was one of the better books on leadership I read. One could easily use the same approaches in most situations in business.