“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 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 story-teller, 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-someome 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 as growth as 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 of leadership.
IYBC please show your support on August 16, 2012 6:30pm for an evening of inspiration at the “Augusta Richmond County Public Library” 823 Telfair St. Augusta Ga 30901 (3rd floor)
Our facilitator will be Sylvester Coleman who will lead us on a journey of passionate conversation and discussion.
Please remember the public ,family and friends are always welcome. This book club is open to men and women.