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Posted February 27, 2001
Jack Welch and the GE Way
Robert Slater does an outstanding job of putting to paper the 'revolutionary strategies' Jack Welch (and others at GE) uses in making GE the leading global company. Jack Welch's 'simplistic'and 'common sense' ideas about running a business-or empowering others to become leaders in the company, has increased GE's value by more than $200 billion and continues to grow, thereby earning GE status as the world's largest multibusiness company. Just as Welch's strategies are 'simplistic,' Slater writes this book in a 'simplistic' and very easy to read style. The book is heavily packed with quotes from the master--Jack Welch, as well as numerous other successful business persons. This is a 'must have' book for anyone interested in successful leadership, not only in business, but in any facet of their life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 1999
JACK WELCH MUST HAVE KNOWN HENRY J. KAISER
Living in Hawaii during the the Henry J. Kaiser era and the first hand information I saw and heard from various employees who worked for Mr. Kaiser,it seems that Mr. Welch 'borrowed' or implemented many of Henry J.'s basic concepts. Granted what Jack Welch did in the restructuring of General Electric was an amazing task in itself. A difficult job done very well! How Jack took G.E. over in the 80's and made it what it is today is mandatory reading for all. He did what he had to do for G.E. to make it the mega corporation that it is today. The only down side to the book is Robert Slater's glorification of Mr. Welch's concepts and theories. Mr. Slater should have read the biography of Henry J. Kaiser before giving all the hoopla to Jack Welch. It was Mr. Kaiser who practiced, 'Do it the best,do it faster,do it cheaper', way before Jack Welch. It was Henry J. who never believed in heavy upper management. Kaiser's communication with his staff and work force was so direct and personal that he gave you the feeling you were always in the 'Kaiser Family' from day one. He made his workers proud of their job and even prouder of their finished product. I will not dwell on Henry J. Kaiser's principles and work ethics, but before you read Robert Slater's book on Jack Welch, I suggest you take an hour of your time to read the biography of Henry J. Kaiser first.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2008
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