It Worked for Me : In Life and Leadership

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 5/22/2012
  • Publisher: Harpercollins

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It Worked for Me is a collection of lessons and personal anecdotes that have shaped four star-general and former Secretary of State Colin Powell's legendary career in public service. At its heart are Powell's "13 Rules,"-notes he accumulated on his desk that are now the basis for his leadership presentations throughout the world. Powell's short-but-sweet rules such as "Get mad, then get over it" and "Share credit," are illuminated by revealing personal stories that introduce and expand on his principles for effective leadership: conviction, hard work, and above all, respect for others. In work and life, Powell writes, "It is the human gesture that counts."

Table of Contents

Author's Notep. xi
The Rules
My Thirteen Rulesp. 3
Know Yourself, Be Yourself
Always Do Your Best, Someone Is Watchingp. 31
The Street Sweeperp. 37
Busy Bastardsp. 39
Kindness Worksp. 45
I'm All Caught Upp. 49
Where on the Battlefield?p. 53
Spheres and Pyramidsp. 61
Potential, Not Just Performancep. 67
Take Care of The Troops
Trust Your Peoplep. 73
Mutual Respectp. 77
We're Mammalsp. 83
Never Walk Past a Mistakep. 91
The Guys in the Field Are Right and the Staff Is Wrongp. 93
It Takes All Kindsp. 95
Fast Times in the Digital World
Brainwarep. 105
Tell Me What You Knowp. 113
Tell Me Earlyp. 121
Beware First Reportsp. 125
Five Audiencesp. 129
Getting to 150 Percent
What I Tell My New Aidesp. 137
One Team, One Fightp. 149
Compete to Winp. 153
Swagger Sticksp. 159
They'll Bitch About the Brandp. 161
After Thirty Days, You Own the Sheetsp. 165
Mirror, Mirror, on the Wallp. 167
Squirrelsp. 175
Meetingsp. 181
The Indispensable Personp. 187
Time to Get off the Trainp. 191
Be Gonep. 195
The Powell Doctrinep. 201
The Pottery Barn Rulep. 209
February 5, 2003: The United Nationsp. 217
Parsley Islandp. 225
Pizza and Milkp. 231
Cousin Dip. 237
Speaking Is My Businessp. 243
On the Roadp. 253
Giftsp. 257
Best and Worstp. 263
Hot Dogsp. 267
The Gift of a Good Startp. 271
Afterword: It's All About Peoplep. 277
Acknowledgmentsp. 281
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