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It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership Paperback – June 3, 2014
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A Note from Colin Powell on It Worked for Me
I love stories. In the course of my career I gathered a number of them that mean a lot to me. Most come from my military life. I was in the military from age seventeen as an ROTC cadet until I was a retired GI at age fifty-six. Others came from my service as Secretary of State and as National Security Advisor. Yet others came to me as I wandered through life. In this book I want to share with you a selection of these stories as well as experiences that have stayed with me over the years. Each one of them taught me something important about life and leadership. Some of the stories deal with serious aspects of my life, including some of the controversial issues I was involved in during my tenure as Secretary of State. There are also humorous stories from my life as well. I offer them to you for whatever use you may wish to make of them.
The first part of It Worked for Me explains my Thirteen Rules, which have been bouncing around since they were first published in Magazine over twenty years ago. These are rules that I have gathered over the years and to which I’ve adhered in my career.
CLP's Thirteen Rules:
- It ain't as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
- Get mad, then get over it.
- Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
- It can be done!
- Be careful what you choose. You may get it.
- Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
- You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else make yours.
- Check small things.
- Share credit.
- Remain calm. Be kind.
- Have a vision. Be demanding.
- Don't take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
- Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.
The rest of the book focuses on everything from the importance of really knowing who you are and how to always be yourself to why I put an emphasis on knowing and taking care of others, especially those who are your followers. I go into my experience in the exploding digital realm that has reshaped the world and our lives. I talk about how to be a great manager and a great leader. I give no conclusions or recommendations, just my observations. The chapters are free-standing. You can read them straight through or jump in anywhere. Everyone has life lessons and stories. These are mine. All I can say is that they worked for me. --Colin Powell
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
When this book came out, I was reluctant to buy as I had already purchased "This my Life, Colin Powell"
I was actually suspicious that another book may just be a cash register ringer. However this book is great and very different.
It is more laid back and sort of like having a conversation with Powell. He tells stories and tips, yet he covers serious issues.
He talks about taking over the military computers head quarters only to find out that they are using Wang which went out of business 8 years earlier. Needless to say that the computers were to outdated to be of any use.And what he did to solve it.
When i get done listening to this book, I will turn around and listen to it again. I am enjoying it that much.
Also to take a few more notes on certain parts of the book.
There are a few strange moments such as a painfully forced, four page train metaphor on retirement and a few pages on his ideal hotel room that seem hastily inserted to meet a page requirement. The chapter on his 2003 UN-Iraq presentation has sparked a lot of nasty 1-star reviews even though Powell admits the mistakes and fairly discusses how they came about. This is not an Iraq war memoir, so basing an entire review on one episode detracts from the overwhelmingly positive nature of this book. 3-1/2 stars and a worthwhile read.
I was eager to read it for myself but now having found it even better than I'd hoped it would be have already purchased many additional copies to give as gifts. This is THE perfect gift for graduations, Father's Day, and even 'just because'.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Colin Powell is a man I've always admired. He was thrown under the bus by Bush, Rumsfield and Rice. (Three people who never served their country! Read morePublished 1 day ago by David A Villarreal
Colin Powell has a way of expressing his stories, his life and his achievements with humor and respect for all those he led and followed. Read morePublished 26 days ago by none
My "new" book came sticky and with a bent cover. What a joke. Huge disappointment.Published 1 month ago by Jeff
Husband loves this book and has read it a couple of times. He references it often within our office. This was a great purchasePublished 1 month ago by Brandie J
Not finished but compelling work by Colin Powell filled with many life lessonsPublished 1 month ago by Densel M. White
His stories are wonderful and perfect for new leaders to learn from!Published 2 months ago by Mama K