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It Worked for Me book summary
Looking back on a lifetime of public service, Colin Powell offers lessons on leadership.

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Colin Powell is an American icon. A former US secretary of state and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, this four-star general rose from modest beginnings as a child of immigrants to the heights of power as a military and civilian leader. In this autobiographical book of observations on leadership, Powell, collaborating with writer Tony Koltz, parses through his life and the opportunities he has had, distilling the valuable information he has learned into anecdotal teachings on management and leadership. Many of his conclusions are inspirational, though the book does bog down at times in diplomatic and military exploits. His treatment of his infamous 2003 UN presentation, when he asserted that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, may leave some readers dissatisfied. However, getAbstract believes that Powell’s admirers and those who value business advice based on military wisdom will gain greatly from his hard-won successes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What Colin Powell’s life taught him about leadership
  • Which 13 rules guide his decision making and the way he leads
 

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Colin Powell grew up in the Bronx in New York City, the son of Jamaican immigrants. He spent his teenage summers and school vacations working at a local store and at a soft-drink bottling plant. By dint of his strong work ethic, he managed to rise from the all-black porters...
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About the Authors

Colin Powell is the founder of America’s Promise Alliance. Writer Tony Koltz has collaborated on several military officers’ autobiographies.


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    Sandra Kessler 2 years ago
    Learning to much from this book
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    morining
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    morning
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    Patrick Brigger 2 years ago
    Good read AND interesting Book!
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    Kevin R. Le Melle 2 years ago
    He is a great example of leadership. This review was very good.

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