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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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By Jean on 05-27-13

Great Story Teller

When Powell's first book came out I rushed out and got it. I was impressed with his writing and looked forward to more books by him. He has a natural story telling gift. This book covers his famous "thirteen rules" which can be used by anyone in any role in life. He covers his time under President Regan, Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. and his role as Secretary of State. I was very interested in his discussion of his UN speech, how it came about and the mistakes in the speech. He covered what he is doing with his life now and the importance of education, he had discussed the student exchange program at the State Department for high school teens from a variety of countries. I was not aware this program was available., I think it is a great idea. Wished they had something like that when I was in high school. Great book and he did a good job with the narration. Almost could be called a motivation book and how well the military can educate a young man.

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By Ian on 06-04-12

It worked for me too.

I have always admired Colin Powell. I have a liking for the element of military discipline which cuts throught nonsense and gets to the point and have always felt that Colin Powell embodies this. Except for the fact that he pronounces his name wrong. Although he does make a reasonable excuse for that somewhere in the last quarter of the book.

The rest of the book is probably fairly predicatble in its content but worthwhile for all that. There are nuggets in here which translate into other aspects of life but the bias is, as expected, to see things from the perspective of a military background. Its not about fighting but it is about winning if that makes any sense.

I'm delighted that Powell does his own narration and the last few minutes where he does a bit about recording the audiobook are an absolute delight. It feels like this is a really clever guy chatting about something he has just done that has got him a bit excited - absolute audio gold.

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By Mr Peter Pan on 02-10-18

Shows an interesting side to Powel

Great book to listen to. Powell is inspirational with his high energy and strong attitude. He is very honest about a lot of things, for example that his success is partly the result of a good portion of luck. He also worked hard and was perhaps also a favorite for government jobs for his loyalty and execution. Clearly he is however not the most intelligent person ever, in fact rather naive and gullible in many ways. Perhaps that‘s why he was picked so often for positions by the Presidents and others.

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By Joachim Mikkelsen on 04-23-17


A must-read for all people in leader posts. And for everyone else for that matter.

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By Bradley on 05-26-16

Inspiration for success

Great to hear it from the General him self. Lots of leadership insight with some funny stories.

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