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Jack: Straight from the Gut

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Publisher's Summary

As CEO of General Electric for the past 20 years, Jack Welch has built its market cap by more than $450 billion and established himself as the most admired business leader in the world. His championing of initiatives like Six Sigma quality, globalization, and e-business have helped define the modern corporation. At the same time, he is a gutsy boss who has forged a unique philosophy and an operating system that relies on a "boundary-less" sharing of ideas, an intense focus on people, and an informal, give-and-take style that makes bureaucracy the enemy.


In anecdotal detail and with self-effacing humor, Jack Welch gives us the people who shaped his life (most notably his Irish mother) and the big hits and the big misses that characterized his career. Starting at GE in 1960 as an engineer earning $10,500, Jack learned the need for "getting out of the pile" when his first raise was the same as everyone else's. He stayed out of the corporate bureaucracy while running a $2 billion collection of GE businesses - in a sweater and blue jeans - out of a Hilton in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.


After avoiding GE's Fairfield, Connecticut headquarters for years, Jack was eventually summoned by then-Chairman Reg Jones, who was planning his succession. There ensued one of the most painful parts of his career - Jack's dark-horse struggle, filled with political tension, to make it to the CEO's chair. A hug from Reg confirmed Jack was the new boss - and started the GE transformation. The riveting story of his last year - the elaborate process of selecting a successor and the attempt to buy Honeywell - is also told in compelling detail.


This is classic Jack Welch: down to earth, powerful, and filled with common sense.

©2001 by Jack Welch; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"As a self-portrait of one of America's most successful modern business leaders, Jack is remarkable for its candor." (Ther Economist)

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    Matthew Wauwatosa, WI, USA 10-13-04
    Matthew Wauwatosa, WI, USA 10-13-04 Member Since 2016
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    "A little substance. But just a little."

    There are some truly important and different ideas in this book about managing your career and managing a company. All tied together, however, those moments account for only about an hour of this book. The rest comes across as a self-congratulatory ode to Jack Welch and GE. It gets more than a little old in a hurry.

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    yousef 09-23-16
    yousef 09-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "marvouls book marking a great CEO"

    Exellent book, with lots of information about a great CEO growth, building further a great company

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    Tipping Point Propellent 04-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "In the top 5 books I've ever read."

    It's quite a feat to get into the top 5. This book gets there easily.
    Next to the Bible, there's Think & Grow Rich, As a Man Thinketh, Good Profit, Magic of Thinking Big, & now there's From the Gut.
    The lens of creative business growth & continual pursuit of/adaptation to truth is how I relate to the world.
    Jack reminds me like few others can that, while living my life this way is full of mistakes, bumps & bruises, it is without question the correct approach for a guy like me... and that perhaps, I'm not so crazy after all.
    There are very, very few whom I can relate so strongly to. Moreover, this book couldnt have come at a better time in my life. It resonates with me to my very core, and Im immensely greatful for Jack being so gracious to share his story.

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    Nick 04-01-16
    Nick 04-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book and audio"

    Great story of how Jack Welch came to be, and the narrator was spot on had a little east coast Irish accent to him that made the character come alive. Outstanding content and delivery!

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    Bernard Remacle 11-07-15
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    "Jack's Passion"

    I have read a number of books this year on managers' lives. None has so much passion and emotion as this one.
    Two salient features of this audiobook are:
    1. Jack Welch's passion is definitely one of the drivers of his life, and without which one cannot do much in one's life. Passion is a necessity for every manager, a requirement, a trait that defines manager.
    2. Richness of ideas. So many of them. And I think the passion and the number of ideas are linked.
    It is a "rich" book.
    I highly recommend it!

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    Chad 11-04-15
    Chad 11-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book."

    Loved the book. I was sad it ended. Haha. I enjoyed listening to it. Lots of awesome stories

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    Jinachandran H. J UAE 06-29-15
    Jinachandran H. J UAE 06-29-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Direct insight into his professional life"
    What did you love best about Jack?

    I liked the way he has talked in detail about his professional work. We can get an insight into how multinationals think and work. Also I had more peep into his famous act of "Firing bottom 10%" of the workforce and why he was doing that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Jack


    If you could give Jack a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I think the title perfectly portrays the contents of the book. There is no need to change the title. If I am asked to change the title I will call it as "Straight Talk"


    Any additional comments?

    Be ready to either read or listen to very very long story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Enid In The City USA 05-27-14
    Enid In The City USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting autobiography of an extraordinary man"
    What did you love best about Jack?

    I enjoyed learning about this remarkable man and how he went straight to the top.


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    Sojourner T 09-15-13
    Sojourner T 09-15-13 Member Since 2013

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    "The Hatchet Man......."
    Would you try another book from Jack Welch and John A. Byrne and/or Mike Barnicle?

    Definitely not, I don't give a fig for Jack Welch's personal life. I expected to hear about how he made GE work better, not how he threw his family over because he grew apart from them, his sleeping habits with a woman much younger than himself, his mother and father, row home living , and how he was just a regular guy.
    HOW DID HE MAKE GE work better. IMO it wasn't there. Sounded to much like a "come clean and get all this off my chest" story instead of the get it done mechanics of making a bureaucratic intense organization -- that does stupid, cost inefficient things all the way up the food chain --work at the root.


    What aspect of Mike Barnicle’s performance would you have changed?

    Mr. Barnicle did a good job of reading,.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The parts that really talked to the very dramatic reorganization and restructuring of GE. Can't deny that part the guy got right and GE employees were the big winners; they had good jobs and were part of something great for awhile. But, I have to add -- I know an appliance repair man that wouldn't give a dollar for GE products; of course that's now -- not when "Hatch" was at the wheel.


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    Daryl Cypress, TX, United States 07-08-13
    Daryl Cypress, TX, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Must Have for the Career Professional"

    This book is a must-have for the career professional. Not everyone is willing to make the all-out sacrifice to be CEO of a global organization, but there are plenty of take-aways for everyone who is building a career and a life.

    Jack Welch has been a role-model for the way I think and behave since I first heard of differentiation. I actually resigned from a position when I realized that I was in the bottom 10% of an organization and moved to a place where I could be firmly in the critical 70%. Now, I am examining what it takes to be in the top 20% of my discipline so that my contributions are long-lasting and meaningful.

    If you buy one business book this year - this is the one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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