BPF Book Review – It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership


Bigger Pie Forum | BPF Book Review – It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership | Ashby Foote
Published back in 2012, It Worked for Me is as timely as ever for leaders in business, government, the military and especially aspiring politicians. The author, Colin Powell, had an extraordinary run in leadership positions at the highest level of American government culminating as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of State.
The core of the book and what makes it relevant over time is the 13 rules that Powell collected or formulated over his distinguished military and diplomatic career — rules that can be applied no matter where in the chain of command you may find yourself.

“It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.  Leaving the office at night with a winning attitude affects more than you alone; it also conveys that attitude to your followers. It strengthens their resolve to believe we can solve any problem.”

“Get mad, then get over it. Everyone gets mad. You get mad at your kids, your spouse, your best friends, your opponents. My experience is that staying mad isn’t useful.”

“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it. In short, accept that your position was faulty, not your ego.  This doesn’t mean you don’t argue with passion and intensity.”

“It can be done.‘It can be done’ should not metamorphose into a blindly can-do approach, which leaves you running into brick walls. I try to be an optimist, but I try not to be stupid.”

“Be careful what you choose: You may get it.Don’t rush into things.  Usually there is time to examine the choices, turn them over, look at them in the light of day and the darkness of