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
"As a self-portrait of one of America's most successful modern business leaders, Jack is remarkable for its candor." (Ther Economist)
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.
This is a great autobiography. It probably needs an update as this was written in 2000 to 2001. However, charts his course from early large to the end of his career at GE. If you are interested in business this will interest you.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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"
Be ready to either read or listen to very very long story.
I enjoyed learning about this remarkable man and how he went straight to the top.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.