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)
Strong-willed, Authentic, Bold!
A key standout was when the
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
Be authentic! Be yourself!
Great listen in Jack's own voice, brings in the emotive experience as well!
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.
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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