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Jack: Straight from the Gut

Jack Welch lifted GE from a conglomerate with a market value of about $12 billion to one of the world's largest and most widely-admired companies, with a market value of more than $500 billion. In Jack, the author reveals the strategies and philosophies that put him at the top.
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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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    Neerja 01-24-12
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    "Exemplifies "Level 5" leadership (Good to Great)!"
    If you could sum up Jack in three words, what would they be?

    Strong-willed, Authentic, Bold!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jack?

    A key standout was when the


    Have you listened to any of Jack Welch’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Did not listen to any of his other performances, however listening to him speak about his career journey in GE was a very easy and


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be authentic! Be yourself!


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    Great listen in Jack's own voice, brings in the emotive experience as well!

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    susan london 10-09-09
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    "Narrated with passion"

    I really enjoyed this book. JW narrates with passion so for those of us who have a tendency to drift off when listening to audio books it really does keep you engaged and focused. A very interesting biography of not only JW but also GE.

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    Tim Westborough, MA, USA 03-24-04
    Tim Westborough, MA, USA 03-24-04
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    "Good stroll through the years of Jack Welch"

    A must read for anyone that appreciates a great leader. Jack does a good job of succinctly summarizing the key aspects of what made him one of the best leaders of our time. Well done.

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