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Posted May 7, 2004
The best thing about this book is that it quotes extensively and piquantly from the writings and speeches of Jack Welch. The intriguing list of ¿29 leadership secrets¿ (which could have been reduced to ten) is more selective than secret, given that Welch has been preaching them loudly from a very prominent platform for more than 20 years. However, the book will be valuable to Welch neophytes and to fans who want more Jack, or the essence of Jack. Author Robert Slater assumes a certain familiarity with GE¿s history and initiatives, and sometimes refers to them without explanation. Welch long ago transcended management to become sort of a leadership prophet, and his utterances are sometimes paradoxical, if not contradictory. He says nurture people, but downsize; he says cut bureaucracy, but implement a paperwork intensive Six Sigma program that promises that somewhere in here, you¿ll find a managerial principle to fit almost any occasion. What more can you ask of a handbook?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.