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The GE way fieldbook : Jack Welch's battle plan for corporate revolution
Slater, Robert, 1943-2014.
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New York : McGraw-Hill, [2000]

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xii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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HD9697.A3 U5677 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Jack Welch is the most influential CEO in America and under his leadership GE has emerged as one of the world's premier corporations. This is a hands-on interactive book designed to show managers how to implement Jack Welch's leadership secrets in their own firms. It is full of Welch's wisdom as well as his nuts-and-bolts recipes for action, including his proven programme for enhancing productivity.

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Booklist Review

Slater, author of three previous books on Jack Welch, General Electric's CEO, explains Welch's successful strategies and provides a road map for seamlessly implementing those strategies in other companies. The book includes self-assessment exercises, action steps, and internal GE documents and is divided into two sections. The first section is devoted to the company's concept of leadership, empowerment, organization, and customers. The second section is devoted to Welch himself, with a reprint of an extensive interview, selected speeches, and descriptions of Welch's management style in dealing with his executives. With the notable acclaim that Welch and General Electric have earned in the business community, it is not surprising that a flood of books is being written to capitalize on that popularity, especially since Welch has recently announced his retirement after almost 20 years at the helm of GE. Although interesting, this is clearly an insider book with, a positive bias prepared with the involvement of the company and Welsh himself. --Mary Whaley

Table of Contents

List of Exhibitsp. ix
How to Get Startedp. 1
Why a GE Way Fieldbook?
How Does a Fieldbook Differ from Other Business Books?
What's in the Fieldbook?
How to Use the Fieldbook
The GE Revolutionp. 5
Book 1 The GE Way: A Fieldbook for Corporate Revolution
The Leadership Modulep. 13
1 Leadership 1: Management Is Not Complicatedp. 15
2 Leadership 2: Ask the Right Questionsp. 24
3 Leadership 3: People Are Your Greatest Assetp. 33
4 Leadership 4: Reward Your Best Peoplep. 39
The Empowerment Modulep. 47
5 Work-Out 1: Using the Brains of All Your Workersp. 49
6 Work-Out 2: A Work-Out Instruction Guidep. 55
The Organization Modulep. 71
7 The Boundaryless Enterprisep. 73
8 Learning Culture 1: Creating the Learning Culturep. 87
9 Learning Culture 2: Stealing Shamelesslyp. 93
10 Learning Culture 3: Learning from Your Employeesp. 101
The Customer Modulep. 109
11 Six Sigma 1: Setting the Stagep. 111
12 Six Sigma 2: Designing a Six Sigma Programp. 119
13 Six Sigma 3: Putting It into Practicep. 124
14 Six Sigma 4: How Six Sigma Has Worked at GEp. 130
15 The GE Tool Kitp. 139
Book 2 The GE Way: The CEO in the Field
The CEO as Professorp. 147
16 Professor Welch Takes a Classp. 149
The CEO as Communicatorp. 169
17 The Jack Welch Interviewp. 171
18 The Jack Welch Speechesp. 188
19 The Jack Welch Letter to Share Owners, Employees, and Customersp. 215
20 From the Files of Jack Welchp. 221
The CEO as Strategistp. 235
21 Early Strategic Initiatives at GE: The 1980sp. 237
22 Late Strategic Initiatives: The 1990sp. 243
23 The Grand GE Tool Kitp. 257
The GE Way Fieldbook Time Linep. 263
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
Endnotesp. 273
Indexp. 277