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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.
"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. Agent: Martin Josephson." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"An entertaining read from a charming, accomplished man. . . . A delightful book." The Washington Times
Colin Powell, one of Americas 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, Powells 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.
About the Author
Colin Powell was born in New York City in 1937. He is a retired four-star general in the United States Army and has earned numerous military, civilian, and foreign honors. He has served four presidential administrations in a variety of roles, most recently as Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005. He lives in Virginia.