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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 2017
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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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    mikael 03-19-17
    mikael 03-19-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The perfect book for all business leaders"

    I really enjoyed this book. A great history of GE and Jack Welch.
    Lots of great ideas and examples of leadership and teamwork.

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    Sony 03-06-17
    Sony 03-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Must to read book...Lot of learning.."

    Good book...never find difficult to finish.. narrator was so passionate, many times think it's Mr Jack Welch himself telling his story.. Excellent Work

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    Amazon Customer New York, New York 11-01-16
    Amazon Customer New York, New York 11-01-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Needs an update; but great"

    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.

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    marius 10-26-16
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    "Amazing and interesting!"

    Excellent read. So many experiences told by one of the foremost business executives in history. Every chapter teaches somethig valuable.

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    yousef 09-23-16
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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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