Colin Powell, one of America’s most admired public figures, reveals the principles that have shaped his life and career in this inspiring and engrossing memoir.
A beautiful companion to his previous memoir, the #1 New York Times bestseller My American Journey, Powell’s It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership is a trove of wisdom for anyone hoping to achieve their goals and turn their dreams into reality.
A message of strength and endurance from a man who has dedicated his life to public service, It Worked for Me is a book with the power to show readers everywhere how to achieve a more fulfilling life and career.
Hard work, straight talk, respect for others, and thoughtful analysis except during the Iraq War worked for the former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to this plainspoken memoir cum leadership manifesto. Powell (My American Journey) distills aphoristic principles "Get mad, then get over it" out of anecdotes from adolescent summer jobs, military commands, diplomatic furors, and celebrity encounters. Shamelessly targeting the business audiences he entertains in public-speaking gigs "I can pitch my speech at whatever level of sophistication the client wants," he assures readers his executive's-eye view of leadership includes tips on hiring and firing subordinates, and soldierly metaphors for corporate strategizing. Unfortunately, leadership insights desert Powell in his substantial but inadequate account of the Iraq War. Though he frankly admits the war was based on false intelligence of Iraqi WMDs that he unwittingly deployed in his infamous U.N. speech justifying the invasion (a "blot" on his career), he offers "no answers" to questions surrounding Bush administration policy making. There's much inspirational sense drawn from Powell's matchless range of managerial and political experiences but also a frustrating reticence on the great leadership crisis of his time.
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A True Success Story!
Great book on how to learn from previous failures and successes and to take nothing for granted. Everyone has an opportunity to be great, it just takes hard work and a lot of sacrifices.
I always liked Mr. Powell. After reading this book I am honored to know more about this incredible man.
It’s full of great information about his life and many experiences. I learned a lot about how the military and government work and how the media can jump the gun on information they receive and not follow up on to ensure the information is correct.
I highly recommend this book and I wish this book was required reading for all high school students.
I respect and admire him, wish I could meet him before he passes and hear the untold stories.