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It Worked for Me is filled with vivid experiences and lessons learned that have shaped the legendary public service career of the four-star general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. At its heart are Powell's "Thirteen Rules"—notes he gathered over the years and that now form the basis of his leadership presentations given throughout the world. Powell's short but sweet rules—among them, "Get mad, then get over it" and "Share credit"—are illustrated by revealing personal stories that introduce and expand upon his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and, above all, respect for others. In work and in life, Powell writes, "it's about how we touch and are touched by the people we meet. It's all about the people."

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 summer job mopping floors in a soda-bottling factory.

Powell combines the insights he has gained serving in the top ranks of the military and in four presidential administrations with the lessons he's learned from his immigrant-family upbringing in the Bronx, his training in the ROTC, and his growth as an Army officer. The result is a powerful portrait of a leader who is reflective, self-effacing, and grateful for the contributions of everyone he works with.

Colin Powell's It Worked for Me is bound to inspire, move, and surprise readers. Thoughtful and revealing, it is a brilliant and original blueprint for leadership.

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It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership
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Read this book if you lead people
March 3rd, 2013
This is an excellent read, well worth the time of leaders. It's meant to be digested so be prepared to read and re-read parts of the book. The chapters are stand alone and you can benefit from them with going through the whole book. I like Colin's conversational style and also the leadership wisdom he has summarized in this book. I'm a certified John Maxwell leadership Speaker and consultant; Colin's book covers the very important "How to." of leadership and John Maxwell's leadership philosophies provide the wider framework and laws of leadership to guide a leaders path. I really enjoyed this reading and highly recommend it for leaders. You may not apply everything from the military perspective to your leadership situation but this book will surely give you some ways to make your leadership ability more powerful.
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December 26th, 2012
Simple but straight to your face learning experience,precious reading.
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December 26th, 2012
Simple but straight to your face learning experience,precious reading.
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