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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2005

    Good Stuff

    Jack was great for GE, and has plenty of insights on management but this book left me with more questions than answers. Welch was fortunate to have a huge tableau on which to paint, but put him in a startup and I doubt he'd last two weeks, vision notwithstanding. Perhaps the real business story here is between the lines - that 9/10 of leadership is having a great company and great bench, that 80% of sucess is picking your company properly, etc. etc. In that light, Jack Welch seems a tad more lucky than talented.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2001

    The confluence of personality and management

    A most enjoyable ride. Thank you, Jack. I learned a great deal about the effect of 'personality' on management, i.e., how one's character can so effectively be involved in the job of motivating and inspiring a large company. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2001

    Jack Welsh¿s Long-lasting Contribution to Business Leadership

    Jack Welch, although the most well known CEO in Corporate America for decades, is going beyond his own myth in his autobiography. He has decided to get a better hold of his destiny by explaining himself to readers. Welsh shares with his audience some very interesting insights about his personality and management style that he has developed over time: self-confidence, self-respect, trust, toughness and aggressiveness as well as warmth and generosity. Welsh, a star performer, realistically played the promotion game to climb to the top of GE. As CEO of GE for two decades, Welsh proved many detractors wrong by turning a stodgy, bureaucratic manufacturing conglomerate into a very profitable, service-oriented constellation of companies sharing the same vision and values. Welsh probably knows better than anybody else that the work of his life is unfinished business. Business is indeed a process of constant renewal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2001

    A Home Run!

    This book is a MUST READ for all! It is a page turner and non-stop enjoyable journey!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2001

    Telling It Like It Is

    Jack Welch tells it like it is and reads it like a pro in this resume of his business life. For some 20 years the CEO of General Electric, Welch has become not only one of the most successful but also one of the most admired corporate heads in America. His philosophy is unique and his operating system is his own. He has been a proponent of Six Sigma quality, globalization, and e-business, while in the meantime raising GE's market cap by over $450 billion. His path to the executive suite wasn't without pitfalls, and he relates this rise with good natured candor. No dry business primer, Welch fills his story with humor and rich anecdotal material. Listeners will find the assessment of his last year and the stab at buying Honeywell especially fascinating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2001

    Good to the Last Drop for moms too

    Thank goodness Jack gave his mom credit where credit was due. Wished there was a little more on specific transactions of business plans but still great. Hopefully, women will buy and read the book as well. All females contributed in part to the success of GE - don't forget that.

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