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

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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.

About the Author

Colin Powell nacio en la ciudad de Nueva York en 1937. Es un general de cuatro estrellas retirado del ejercito de Estados Unidos y ha ganado numerosos honores militares, civiles y extranjeros. Se ha desempenado en cuatro administraciones presidenciales en una variedad de roles, mas recientemente como Secretario de Estado de 2001 a 2005. Reside en Virginia.

Tony Koltz co-authored Tom Clancy s Into the Storm and Battle Ready, with General Zinni.

Praise For…

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

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062135124
ISBN-10: 0062135120
Publisher: HarperTorch
Publication Date: May 22nd, 2012
Pages: 283
Language: English