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It Worked for Me Updated This is a book I will buy read again and make notes in I have found the things I've read by Colin Powell to be very insightful and thought provoking Powell is on my short list of people alive or dead that I would like to have a conversation with About 10 years ago I received a PowerPoint of Colin Powell's leadership points I found that presentation to be very insightful and since that time have had an interest in Colin Powell Although I have yet to finish this book it's well on its way to 5 stars and a book that I intend to purchase read again and highlight and underline I have never commented on a book before finishing but this is a point I want to remember In this day in age I find it very insightful From Chapter 20 Five Audiences I learned the you're not the only one at risk rule in 1987 when I was Deputy National Security Advisor moments after my very first Sunday morning TV interview on This Week with David Brinkley I was doing fine; and we were near the end of the show The great reporter Sam Donaldson one of the regular panelists grabbed the mike and in his aggressive manner asked Why should we trust you? You are a military officer and after the recent NSC Iran Contra scandal with military officers in charge why should we trust you? During the half minute that was left I thought I gave a rather good account of myself and why I could be trusted After the show I remarked to Sam that I thought I had gotten the best of that exchange I won Sam smiled at my naivete General he said when you are with the press you are the only one at risk I can never lose I never forgot that And he added Never smirk at us when you think you're aheadThat interaction from almost 30 years ago is so telling about our media The media is not there to objectively report the news they are there to push their agenda If they don't like you watch outChapter 25 They'll Bitch About the Brandas you examine solutions make sure you think them through down several levels into secondary effects and when you arrive at what you believe will be a solution you have to then ask yourself if you have just let wishful thinking set you up for problemssurround yourself with sergeants that is people with ground truth experience whose thinking is not contaminated with grand theories 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 peopleA 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 Chapter 35 February 5 2003This is the chapter wherein Colin Powell recaptures my respectThe date – February 5 2003 – which for Powell is so seared into his consciousness that it is the euivalent 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 2503 marked his appearance before the UN to make the Bush Administration’s case that a pre emptive strike against Ira 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 gangThe 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 Audiblecom verison of this book read by General PowellFirst 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 freuently 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 uite 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 talksA 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 reuests when speaking professionally But those bits passed uickly This was definitely worth a readlisten 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 parentsHe was in town as part of the City Club and did a A with a local TV celebrity that mostly involved softball uestions he could use as a springboardlead in to relate stories from this memoir which he was touring behind Following the first uestion “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 uestions including “What do you think of Syrian President Bashar al Assad”? To which he responded wo 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 loved it Clear Concise Plenty of humility A lifetime of lessons and principles all placed in a easily understood freuently humorous and revealing read that I wish I had 30 years ago Highly recommend it for anyone not just those in the military I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir from General Colin Powell former US 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 This is an amazing book It tells the stories of GEN Powell from his youth to his stint as Secretary of State Many of these stories place him in a light that makes him down to earth He shared his wisdom from both a military and life experience lensMany people on Goodreads expected an exposé of the nature of the UN speech he gave in February 2003 He addressed it as he saw fit Many of these same people decided to rate this book one or two stars That's uite unfairI suggest that this book be reuired reading for all military officers NCOs and anyone in positions of leadership It is very enlightening to read biographies that are honest and heartfelt As successes come your way remember that you didn’t do it alone It is always we p 354Colin 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 aphorismI 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 valuesWorked 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 thingAlways approach congressional uestions 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 105I suspect that the content of Powell's politics and mine are very different he doesn't talk about political beliefs here Still his style is similar 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 were thoughtful less combative – like Powell's – but I would be less embarrassed by his outbursts If DJT's politics were like mine but he was still misbehaving I hope I would still be appalledI 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

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