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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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    Drew Austin, TX, United States 03-15-05
    Drew Austin, TX, United States 03-15-05 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting account- little practical advice"

    I found the stories interesting, but gleaned very little in the way of "how to" apply Jack's lessons learned to the business world.

    Maybe he is being modest in recounting the tales of his rise to power at GE, but it almost seems like luck had as much to do with his success as his drive, ambition and smarts.

    The narrator is excellent and sounds very much like Jack, including N.E. accent and charm.

    I would have given more than 3/5 stars, but I was hoping for more practical information from the title.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julian Melbourne, N/A, Australia 06-25-04
    Julian Melbourne, N/A, Australia 06-25-04
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    "Motivating - fun yet educational"

    Jack's stories and examples are truly motivating, the greater context of his drive and vision combined with his zero tolerance for under performers created success which shows us what we are capable of achieving in business... and anyone capable knows it'll never be easy!
    I was surprised that the narration was by Jack himself, but as I listened, it made sense for this self confessed control freak to do it himself.
    This book should be enjoyable and stimulating for any person with drive to achieve or a high pressure business role, it allows the mind to adapt portions of his experiences to your own circumstances. It provides an entertaining escape without losing touch with reality and is educational at the same time. - We can all learn something from this.

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    Laika 03-27-04
    Laika 03-27-04

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    "Good portrait of the mind-set of a succesful CEO"

    Jack Welch clearly exposes the elements which made his career and his company succesful. Vision, passion, search for excellence, sharing of ideas throughout GE divisions, etc ... amazing how one man mobilized so many people. Also includes some interesing anecdotes gathered from his career.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    GUILHERME FERREIRA 02-11-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Very Good"

    Good for anyone, but even better if you are familiar with the names and faces that made history in corporate America in the last 20 years. Jack's path touched that of every major businessperson in the country during that period, from Warren Buffet to Bill Gates, as well as that of countless artists, politicians and other influential personalities.

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    Raul Doral, FL, USA 09-28-03
    Raul Doral, FL, USA 09-28-03 Member Since 2005
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    "To review some MBA topis, good"

    If you want to have some ideas of how to create crisis inside your company (six sigma, trainning, flat structure...), this is good example. To follow this guy as a person, no, this is not a good book.

    Para lectores en espa?ol, el libro es bastante ameno, tiene buenas ideas de negocios que se ense?an en las maestrias de administracion. El audio es facil de entender, el lector es muy bueno, se posesiona del libro.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Santa Rosa, CA, USA 08-10-04
    Thomas Santa Rosa, CA, USA 08-10-04
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    "Expected More"

    If you're looking for a executive reference guide for running an large operation. This isn't it. I greatly admire the man and his accomplishments, but a "how-to" book, this is not. It was too much story telling without any of the expected business/leadership substance. Few lessons could be distilled from this book.

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    cmox-ok 04-11-05
    cmox-ok 04-11-05 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Book"

    No matter your position or job in business, you will get something out of this book.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Greeley, CO, USA 02-21-03
    Michael Greeley, CO, USA 02-21-03
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    "Jack Welsh -- Gut"

    This is the biggest buch of tripe I have ever read! And one of the few books I actually stopped reading. If you can find ANY value form this I sure would like to know where?

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful

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