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It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership July 18 July20, 2015Yep another reread I finally bought my own audio copy of the book I figure once I ve read a bookthan three times, I need to own it Colin grounds me His 13 rules helps me get through the days One of the best management books I ve read, and I ve read a lot Sept 17 Sep19, 2014Two years after I listened to it the first time and it resonates with me evenI experienced much less dull bits and could identify with partsnow that I did before I will definitely July 18 July20, 2015Yep another reread I finally bought my own audio copy of the book I figure once I ve read a bookthan three times, I need to own it Colin grounds me His 13 rules helps me get through the days One of the best management books I ve read, and I ve read a lot Sept 17 Sep19, 2014Two years after I listened to it the first time and it resonates with me evenI experienced much less dull bits and could identify with partsnow that I did before I will definitely have to buy it Oct 2012 November 2012I won t lie, there are some seriously dull bits in this However, I love finding out that Colin Powell is a street kid He s a regular guy that feels he could change the world through his Hot Dog Diplomacy He talks of family, life, military and how he got here I really enjoyed the book I look forward to buying a copy and reading and marking it up Now I think this book will only truly strike a cord with a very specific person possibly at a specific point in one s life Leadership, common sense, and history mesh together for a well narrated book This memoir is a peek into the fascinating world of General Powell I listen to the audiobook read by the general himself, and it is a very satisfying listen Christina Vortiafrom The Best Books We Read In December 2016 This memoir is a peek into the fascinating world of General Powell I listen to the audiobook read by the general himself, and it is a very satisfying listen Christina Vortiafrom The Best Books We Read In December 2016 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 FactoryPowell 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 WithColin 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 Chapter 35 February 5, 2003This is the chapter wherein Colin Powell recaptures my respect.The date February 5, 2003 which for Powell is so seared into his consciousness that it is the equivalent of other folks memories of the day Kennedy was shot or when they first heard of the planes flying into the Trade Center For Powell, 2 5 03 marked his appearance before the UN to make the Bush Administration s case that a pre emptive strike against Iraq was warranted by Saddam s possession of Weapo Chapter 35 February 5, 2003This is the chapter wherein Colin Powell recaptures my respect.The date February 5, 2003 which for Powell is so seared into his consciousness that it is the equivalent of other folks memories of the day Kennedy was shot or when they first heard of the planes flying into the Trade Center For Powell, 2 5 03 marked his appearance before the UN to make the Bush Administration s case that a pre emptive strike against Iraq was warranted by Saddam s possession of Weapons of Mass Destruction Though his apology is somewhat hedged, Powell gives vivid insight into the constrains and forces that led to, in his term, the most major failure in a military and public life that spanned five decades No surprise that Cheney s hands were all over the manipulation that enmeshed Powell While Powell is too much a soldier and class act to name names It is clear that the neo conservative junta Rumsfeld, Cheney and Wolfowitz are probably not on Alma and Colin s Christmas Card list Like in the excellent Art of Intelligence reviewed here in late August 12 , George W Bush is presented as a better man than those supposedly serving him from this gang.The rest of the book is fairly straightforward leadership 101 Having worked with a number of retired Army Generals, I am again reminded of what an excellent leadership crucible today s military is Here, again, we are reminded that the failures of leadership, execution and even simple common sense are nearly all at the feet of our political leaders and rarely in this most recent generation of military Our troops deserve so much better than a repeat of Republican bellicosity I listened to the Audible.com verison of this book, read by General Powell.First, General Powell writes in a very straight forward, simplistic, way You can tell he isn t a trained writer Nor is he a brilliant performer reading it You can frequently hear edit breaks, and voice tone changes Honestly, none of this bothered me There were a number of things in this book that I really enjoyed His rules are well known now, and quite good It was interesting to hear his take on them I really ap I listened to the Audible.com verison of this book, read by General Powell.First, General Powell writes in a very straight forward, simplistic, way You can tell he isn t a trained writer Nor is he a brilliant performer reading it You can frequently hear edit breaks, and voice tone changes Honestly, none of this bothered me There were a number of things in this book that I really enjoyed His rules are well known now, and quite good It was interesting to hear his take on them I really appreciated his view that you need to actually walk around and get a feeling for what is going on when leading that you cannot rely on presentations and prepared talks.A few things seemed entirely trite though I really don t give a damn what kind of hotel room he likes, or what sort of limo and driver he requests when speaking professionally But those bits passed quickly This was definitely worth a read listen What can you say about a book with a title like this It Worked for Me That the writer is a self aggrandizing braggart which is what was running through my head However, to my surprise Powell comes across as a fairly humane guy albeit with a military stiff presence that somehow has retained a deep humanity that bespeaks his upbringing as the son of immigrant parents.He was in town as part of the City Club and did a Q A with a local TV celebrity that mostly involved softball questions he co What can you say about a book with a title like this It Worked for Me That the writer is a self aggrandizing braggart which is what was running through my head However, to my surprise Powell comes across as a fairly humane guy albeit with a military stiff presence that somehow has retained a deep humanity that bespeaks his upbringing as the son of immigrant parents.He was in town as part of the City Club and did a Q A with a local TV celebrity that mostly involved softball questions he could use as a springboard lead in to relate stories from this memoir which he was touring behind Following the first question So, General how many interviews have you done today He paused and replied Seven at which point I was prepared to be bored to tears for the rest of the evening To my surprise he was present and extremely engaging with his thoughts on life, leadership and even his candid responses to audience questions including What do you think of Syrian President Bashar al Assad To which he responded w o hesitation I know him and he s a liar.Powell s book, ostensibly a series of stories based on the lessons he learned during his time in the military and later with the State Department was an eye opener to me because the refrain that runs through the narrative is his belief in and insistence on being present in your communications with and exchanges to others This is clearly a practice he learned as he would his way through the military ranks but a practice that even informs his style working with underprivileged children many of whom come from the ranks of immigrant families as he did Clearly, it worked for him and there is ample evidence that we can all learn some lessons from his life story I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir from General Colin Powell, former U.S Secretary of State It basically consists of him telling stories from his life and career experiences, and then reflecting on the lessons learned and counsel to be derived from those experiences They run a wide gamut, but there wasn t a single one that didn t engage me and make me think about how I could apply the lessons learned in my own life I could wish that I had read it in my teens or twenties, rather than in my si I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir from General Colin Powell, former U.S Secretary of State It basically consists of him telling stories from his life and career experiences, and then reflecting on the lessons learned and counsel to be derived from those experiences They run a wide gamut, but there wasn t a single one that didn t engage me and make me think about how I could apply the lessons learned in my own life I could wish that I had read it in my teens or twenties, rather than in my sixties, but I still found it valuable As a college professor of leadership , I will certainly bring much of it into my classes for the benefit of my students My only wish is that I could find a way to bring the man himself to visit with my students I plan to find a copy of his first book, My American Journey and read or listen to that one as well In his epilogue, he mentioned thinking about writing a third book, because he still has stories to tell I would read that book, but I would also like to see him expand on the lessons learned from these stories, and give his readers deeper insight into the how to of some of them His life story is inspiring, and I think of him as one of the most honorable and devoted public servants of recent years I wish he were still serving in that way We need as many of those great souls as we can get in public service Worth reading I love Colin Powell, I think he is such an excellent example of what America should be I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and downloaded it to listen to on my commute First, it was read by Colin Powell himself, which I appriciated Second, I really enjoyed his approach to leadership through an army perspective One of the things he discussed was that not everybody gets promoted In the army, there are potentially a lot of soliders who have the skills and capacity to be generals I love Colin Powell, I think he is such an excellent example of what America should be I have been wanting to read this book for awhile and downloaded it to listen to on my commute First, it was read by Colin Powell himself, which I appriciated Second, I really enjoyed his approach to leadership through an army perspective One of the things he discussed was that not everybody gets promoted In the army, there are potentially a lot of soliders who have the skills and capacity to be generals, but there are simply not enough spots The army is okay with that, but other areas of government and the private sector are not Creating jobs just so that people can get promoted is inefficent I have never heard it put like that before, but I think it describes government bureaucracy very well, Another part of this book I enjoyed was don t be a busy bastard , meaning, don t be the person at work who is constantly working late into the night and on weekends Powell stressed a work life balance, and said that people especially bosses who work around the clock create an environment where everybody feels they have to work around the clock When everbody feels like they have to work around the clock, they start making up work for them to do to fill the time What is created is an office full of overworked people, doing work they don t really need to be doing By limiting your hours at work, you are forced to prioritize tasks and be effecient during the time you are there I loved this Colin Powell is one of those people that I once admired and currently want to admire He went into the army, rose up the ranks to become a four star general, and served as Secretary of State He s an icon A moderate Republican Then the Bush administration happened and Powell was given an impossible mission to get other countries to not just accept, but support an American invasion of Iraq A moderate in the Bush administration his credibility was sacrificed in order to make the case for wa Colin Powell is one of those people that I once admired and currently want to admire He went into the army, rose up the ranks to become a four star general, and served as Secretary of State He s an icon A moderate Republican Then the Bush administration happened and Powell was given an impossible mission to get other countries to not just accept, but support an American invasion of Iraq A moderate in the Bush administration his credibility was sacrificed in order to make the case for war with Iraq For me there is no hindsight His presentation was wrong It is wrong now and it was wrong then Here is where my feelings get complicated First in what frame of mind did Powell accept this job of presenting to the United Nations Did he know in his guts that something wasn t right Or did he go in believing the story I don t think either scenario reflects well on him Second it gives me pause that the voice that was against invading Iraq became the face for invading Iraq How many people in major institutions eventually give up their own thinking and accept the groupthink because there is little space for disagreement Thirdly I want him to redeem himself I want him to write his second act And this book is no second act Herein lies my disappointment While Powell has good advice his transgression is so serious I expectthan folksy homespun advice that he kept as aphorisms on his desk I expect him to have really processed this blot on his record And I don t expect his story to diminish those he served But I do expect the insights of a man who has walked through the storm and came out the other side This is not that book As successes come your way, remember that you didn t do it alone It is always we p 354 Colin Powell s second memoir, It Worked for Me In Life and Leadership is a series of short essays that sound like they were influenced by his time on the public speaking circuit In these essays Share the Credit, The Pottery Barn Rule, Never Walk Past a Mistake, for example he tells a series of anecdotes, often punctuated with an aphorism.I first wanted to dislike Worked for Me It s pat It s simple As successes come your way, remember that you didn t do it alone It is always we p 354 Colin Powell s second memoir, It Worked for Me In Life and Leadership is a series of short essays that sound like they were influenced by his time on the public speaking circuit In these essays Share the Credit, The Pottery Barn Rule, Never Walk Past a Mistake, for example he tells a series of anecdotes, often punctuated with an aphorism.I first wanted to dislike Worked for Me It s pat It s simple But I kept reading and am considering sending it to people I know in leadership positions This is a good winter book It is heart warming and focuses on values without feeling preachy I believe he lives his values.Worked for Me is good reading for this winter of my discontent, when it s easy to believe that everyone in the White House is cynical and self serving He admitted mistakes and took responsibility There are people in government or have been who try to do the right thing.Always approach congressional questions with a Glad you asked attitude They are the people s representatives and we are the people s servants And if you get in trouble, we ll work together to get you out of trouble p 105 I suspect that the content of Powell s politics and mine are very different he doesn t talk about political beliefs here Still, his style issimilar to mine than different I would still be angry about the damage that DJT is doing to the environment, the country, and world peace if his communication style and behavior werethoughtful, less combativelike Powell s but I would be less embarrassed by his outbursts If DJT s politics werelike mine, but he was still misbehaving, I hope I would still be appalled.I don t believe I have ever voted Republican for president I would consider voting for this Republican


About the Author: Colin Powell

General Colin Luther Powell, United States Army Ret KCB Honorary is an American politician He was the 65th United States Secretary of State 2001 2005 , serving under President George W Bush He was the first Jamaican American appointed to that position As a General in the United States Army, Powell also served as National Security Advisor 1987 1989 and as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 1989 1993 , holding the latter position during the Gulf War.


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