Jack Welch, CEO of General Electric, talks about a wide range of topics, including career development (promotions, advancements, personal life), management techniques, business best practises, or globalisation of the economy and how to deal with it/take advantage of it.
Every middle or top manager will benefit from his numerous insights. Jack Welch is always short and to the point. This makes "Winning" an entertaining read with a lot of useful tips one after the other. From effectively managing your people to understanding the benefits of six-sigma, you will be satisfied with the broad range of topics discussed in the book.
The only chapter i fast-forwarded was the chapter about mergers and acquisitions, but only because i feel i don't need this information right now in my career.
When a book writer has a 20-year experience as a CEO of a major American incorporation... you read/listen!
I don't read a lot of business books - most are collections of common sense or just a new fad. "Winning" is different, and this one actually contains some actionable ideas for companies and individuals.
The one problem I have with the book is the narrator (Jack Welch). There's been a disturbing trend lately for authors to read their own works, either through ego or whatever, and most need to stick to their day jobs. Welch's delivery sets a new low for this category, making a great book a difficult listen with his poor enunciation and grating voice. I kept wanting him to get a drink of water or clear his throat, not to mention slow down the delivery.
While Welch's passion shows through, and I highly recommend the content, his rendition of his work makes slogging through an ordeal. I would have given the book five stars but for this.
To Mr. Welch and those other "self-read" authors: Please let the professionals do it and stick with writing.
Great entertainment and learning book. Look, Jack's been there done that, but he's great...And will help us see beyond the short term so the future becomes visible, and therefore. plannable. And Jack is very entertaining in his delivery. Enjoy and grow.
...if you are a competitor of mine. I shouldnt give this a good review...so it is a lousy book. Dont read. If I am going to win, you should not read this book.
This book has many excellent stories and wisdom about the virtues of capitalism and how to get ahead in your career. It doesn't offer a lot of quick-fix advice and centers on hard work and expanding your focus. It's leadership principles are centered on enabling others to be successful, and also has a lot of real-world insights on when and how to let employees go. It doesn't offer any "secrets" like many books do, but instead advice that has stood the test of time. Well worth the investment.
This audio book is a long winded boast about all of Jack's accolades managing GE and contains an accumulation of vague examples of how his experiences managing GE could some how apply to your life (in which he makes very weak connections). The only practical advice he gives comes in the last chapter, when he advises how to advance your career by stating the obvious, corporate ladder brown nosing. Get your direct manager to look good so that when he/she gets promoted, you'll get your promotion. Unless you would like to support Jacks retirement, dont get it, save your credit for something that is more coherent. I would have given it zero stars to help bring down it's over inflated rating. The marketing efforts for this book are about the only thing that I commend.
This book does very little to give me insight into business. Having owned a company for 30 years, I am always looking for new insight from others. This is not the place.
When will authors learn to hire professionals instead of trying to narrate their own books. I was so tired of his voice by the end of the book!
Jack Welch on Jack Welch - wade through the hot air and there are many useful nuggets contained inside the book. My favorite part was the lengthy discourse on corporate honesty, etc... I couldn't help thinking of those famous words - 'methinks you doth protest too much'.