New York Times Bestselling Author
Colin Powell, one of America’s most admired public figures, reveals the unique lessons that shaped his life and career
It Worked for Me is a collection of lessons and personal anecdotes that shaped four star-general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell’s legendary career in public service. At its heart are Powell’s “Thirteen Rules,”—notes he accumulated on his desk that served as the basis for the leadership presentations he delivered throughout the world.
Powell’s short-but-sweet rules such as “Get mad, then get over it” and “Share credit,” are illuminated by revealing personal stories that introduce and expand on his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and above all, respect for others. In work and life, Powell writes, “It is the human gesture that counts.”
A compelling storyteller, Powell shares parables both humorous and solemn that offer wise advice on succeeding in the workplace and beyond. “Trust your people,” he councils as he delegates presidential briefing responsibilities to two junior aides. “Do your best--someone is watching,” he advises those just starting out, recalling his own teenage summer job shipping cases of soda. Powell combines the insight he gained serving in the top ranks of the military and in four presidential administrations, as well as the lessons learned from his hardscrabble upbringing in the Bronx and his training in the ROTC. The result is a powerful portrait of a leader who was reflective, self-effacing, and grateful for the contributions of every employee, no matter how junior.
Powell’s writing--straightforward, accessible, and often very funny--will inspire, move, and surprise readers. Thoughtful and revealing, his book is a brilliant and original blueprint for leadership.
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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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.
This book teach you big lesson about how you can get angry yet accomplish and overcome the adversity by thinking beyond your ego. It is true leadership at best because you will meet people and they will make you mad sometime "so get over it" as General Powell said is the key to keep friendship. Even in the bible we are warn not to keep angry to sunset... This is a great leadership book.
Really good read