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Jack Welch on leadership : abridged from Jack Welch and the GE way
Slater, Robert, 1943-2014.
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New York ; London : McGraw-Hill, [2004]

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vi, 154 pages ; 21 cm
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No-Nonsense Leadership Secrets that Helped Jack Welch Become the Most Celebrated and Successful CEO of His Era

Jack Welch's innovative, breakthrough leadership strategies as CEO transformed GE into a highly productive, labor-efficient powerhouse with a staggering $400 billion-plus market capitalization. Now, in Jack Welch on Leadership , a handy abridgement of the bestseller Jack Welch and the GE Way , executives of all industries and levels can discover how to work the Welch magic in their own organizations.

Jack Welch on Leadership reveals the strategies and secrets that led to Welch's stunning success. Read it now, and learn for yourself the management wisdom and actions that Jack Welch used to create the most valuable corporation--and become one of the greatest corporate leaders--in history.

Author Notes

He joined GE in 1960. In 1981, he became the eighth chairman & CEO. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.

(Publisher Provided)

John Francis "Jack" Welch, Jr. was born on November 19, 1935 in Massachusetts. He is a retired American business executive, author and chemical engineer. He was chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001. During his tenure at GE, the company's value rose 4,000%. In 2006, Welch's net worth was estimated at $720 million. When he retired from GE he took a severance payment of $417 million, the largest such payment in history.

Welch was accepted to University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he studied chemical engineering. Welch graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering, turning down multiple corporate offers in order to attend graduate school at the University of Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1960 with a Master's degree and a PhD in chemical engineering. Welch joined General Electric in 1960. He worked as a junior chemical engineer in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. By 1968, Welch became the vice president and head of GE's plastics division. Not soon after, in 1971, Welch also became the vice president of GE's metallurgical and chemical divisions. By 1973, Welch was named the head of strategic planning for GE. In 1981, Welch became GE's youngest chairman and CEO.

Welch has authored several books throughout his career. In 2015 his title The\Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career which he wrote wit his wife, made the New York Times Best Seller List.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Part I Act Like a Leader, Not a Manager
Chapter 1 Embrace Change, Don't Fear Itp. 3
Chapter 2 Stop Managing, Start Leadingp. 10
Chapter 3 Cultivate Managers Who Share Your Visionp. 15
Chapter 4 Face Reality, Then Act Decisivelyp. 20
Chapter 5 Be Simple, Be Consistent, and Hammer Your Message Homep. 24
Part II Building the Market-Leading Company
Chapter 6 Be Number One or Number Two, But Don't Narrow Your Marketp. 31
Chapter 7 Look for the Quantum Leap!p. 37
Chapter 8 Fix, Close, or Sell: Reviving NBCp. 42
Chapter 9 Don't Focus on the Numbersp. 50
Chapter 10 Plagiarize--It's Legitimate: Create a Learning Culturep. 56
Part III Forging the Boundaryless Organization
Chapter 11 Get Rid of the Managers, Get Rid of the Bureaucracyp. 65
Chapter 12 Be Lean and Agile Like a Small Companyp. 69
Chapter 13 Tear Down the Boundariesp. 73
Part IV Harnessing Your People for Competitive Advantage
Chapter 14 Three Secrets: Speed, Simplicity, and Self-Confidencep. 79
Chapter 15 Use the Brains of Every Worker--Involve Everyonep. 84
Chapter 16 Take the "Boss Element" Out of Your Companyp. 89
Chapter 17 Create an Atmosphere Where Workers Feel Free to Speak Outp. 95
Chapter 18 S-t-r-e-t-c-h! Reach for the Stars!p. 101
Part V Drive Quality Throughout the Organization
Chapter 19 Live Quality--and Drive Cost and Speed for Competitive Advantagep. 109
Chapter 20 Make Quality the Job of Every Employeep. 116
Chapter 21 To Achieve Quality: Measure, Analyze, Improve, and Controlp. 123
Part VI The Toughest Boss/Most Admired Manager in America
Chapter 22 Jack Welch Deals with Adversityp. 133
Chapter 23 Jack Welch Deals with the Next Generationp. 140
Indexp. 145