It Worked for Me

It Worked for Me

In Life and Leadership

Streaming Audiobook - 2012
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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. This program includes an interview with the author.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2012.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780062135155
0062135155
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 46 min.)) : digital.
Additional Contributors: Powell, Colin
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Daveinportland
Aug 29, 2016

I am a fan of Colin Powell. Not to get political, but he is one of the few national Republicans that I like and whom I feel have integrity. I could say the same about most political figures, so it's not just bashing the GOP.

I thought it was a good book and I enjoyed many of the experiences and the lessons learned that he related. But as a veteran whom also served in the Army when Powell was the Chairman, I kept thinking back to how i wish I had leaders with his experience, wisdom and fairness. I don't think he would survive in the military of today.

willy56 Sep 27, 2013

A very interesting read from a a very smart man with huge personal integrity.
Colin Powell was left out to dry by the fools that were in power and pulling the strings in the G.W. Bush administration(s).
He tells of his fortunate rise from being a poor black in New York in the 40's and who was instrumental in helping him get to the upper echelon's of American political power.
Well worth the time to read. Some very insightful sayings and anecdotes.

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tea_n_tomes
Aug 23, 2013

Enjoyed his insights on working in GW Bush administration. Example of striving for personal excellence while respecting others; though i did wonder how his subordinates would write the same accounts.

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floy
Jun 30, 2012

The title infers that this book is just some variation of a motivational speech but it is more than that. Colin Powell is a very intriguing and charming man with incredible life experience. He uses all of that in writing this book, in giving examples and making lists, and I feel like I know him better now. I even understand the military and Presidents Reagan and Bush better. Powell's rules for decision-making (formed in the military and refined in The White House) make so much sense that I wish I'd used them in my younger years. This wise and charming book is good for anyone but it would be particularly perfect to give to young people graduating from high school. I highly recommend it.

organ1 Jun 16, 2012

Not really that interesting to read.

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