It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership (Hardcover)

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It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership (Hardcover)

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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.

Colin Powell was born in New York City in 1937. He was a retired four-star general in the United States Army and earned numerous military, civilian, and foreign honors. He served four presidential administrations in a variety of roles, most recently as Secretary of State from 2001 to 2005.


Product Details ISBN: 9780062135124
ISBN-10: 0062135120
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2012
Pages: 304
Language: English

“An entertaining read from a charming, accomplished man. . . . A delightful book.” — The Washington Times

A great American success story. . . . An endearing and well-written book.” — The New York Times Book Review

“Inspiring. . . . Powell’s straightforward, revealing, often humorous recollections convey sound advice on leadership and life from a man of great achievement.” — Booklist