Welch: An American Icon

Welch: An American Icon

by Janet Lowe
     
 

Praise for Welch: An American Icon

"Welch: An American Icon is a thoroughly researched addition to your business library. No matter how much you have read about Welch, you will certainly learn something new by reading this book."
-George Eckes, Management Consultant and author of The Six Sigma Revolution: How General Electric and Others Turned

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Praise for Welch: An American Icon

"Welch: An American Icon is a thoroughly researched addition to your business library. No matter how much you have read about Welch, you will certainly learn something new by reading this book."
-George Eckes, Management Consultant and author of The Six Sigma Revolution: How General Electric and Others Turned Process into Profits

"Janet Lowe has written a fascinating and rewarding book . . . Welch is more than an icon. Lowe has identified Welch's dynamic, rhythmic, and forward-looking, yet sometimes turbulent legacy, for many generations to come. That legacy sets forth basic principles, structures, and constructs for a twenty-first-century multinational industrial corporation that operates globally to facilitate the rate of change in zero time for shared and equitable prosperity at home and abroad."
-Dr. George Kozmetsky
Executive Associate for Economic Affairs
The University of Texas System

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When business writer Lowe (Damn Right!, etc.) approached GE Chairman Jack Welch about a book (Jack Welch Speaks, her first book on him), "[h]e said he did not see any purpose in. . . yet another book." Lowe's respectable, ultimately redundant book portrays Welch as a captain of industry who commands the kind of attention that top executives crave and almost never get. The near-mythical story of GE's wrenching turnaround earns Welch abundant positive and negative buzz. Unlike many of Welch's contemporaries, he has stayed with the same company for the long run (since 1960), becoming chairman in 1981 and immediately restructuring the massive conglomerate, earning the moniker "Neutron Jack" because of his huge layoffs along the way. Through a combination of radical structural changes, a near-fanatical devotion to the Six Sigma management system and an acquisition blitzkrieg, GE leapt into the 21st century, taking no prisoners. Critics noted that under his stewardship, deep workforce reductions accompanied Welch's own ballooning salary and a tendency to treat workers and their hometowns as dispensable (Welch has said, "Ideally, you'd have every plant you own on a barge, to move with currencies and changes in the economy"). Lowe promises a balanced look at Welch that pulls no punches; for the most part, she delivers. But the book's distracting, episodic style (a lot of the material was left over from the first book) makes it seem little more than an attempt to capitalize on curiousity about Welch prior to the publication of his much-touted upcoming book. Several abundant appendices are informative but do little to explain Welch's icon status. (May 4) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
A behind-the-scenes look at the tactics, styles, and personality of the man who made General Electric a dominating force in world business, exploring the successes and darker aspects of Welch's life and work. It reveals the steps he took to bring the company into the global marketplace, and examines the price of Welch's leadership, including downsized employees, scandals, and battles with environmentalists. Formerly financial editor of the , Lowe has written business articles for such publications as and the . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
Welch: An American Icon by Janet Lowe. If Jack Welch isn't a household name, he should be, Lowe says. "Welch is a guy who makes a lot of things happen, all kinds of things that affect the lives of all of us, even when we're not aware of it." (USA Today September 10, 2001)

"When business writer Lowe (Damn Right, etc.) approached GE Chairman Jack Welch about a book (Jack Welch Speaks, her first book on him), "[h]e said he did not see any purpose in -yet another book." Lowe's respectable, ultimately redundant book portrays Welch as a captain of industry who commands the kind of attention that top executives crave and almost never get. The near-mythical story of GE's wrenching turnaround earns Welch abundant positive and negative buzz. Unlike many of Welch's contemporaries, he has stayed with the same company for the long run (since 1960), becoming chairman in 1981 and immediately restructuring the massive conglomerate, earning the moniker "Neutron Jack" because of his huge layoffs along the way. Through a combination of radical structural changes, a near-fanatical devotion to the Six Stigma management system and an acquisition blitzkrieg, GE leapt into the 21st century, taking no prisoners. Critics noted that under his stewardship, deep workforce reductions accompanied Welch's own ballooning salary and a tendency to treat workers and their hometowns as dispensable (Welch has said, "Ideally, you'd have every plant you own on a barge, to move with currencies and changes in the economy"). Lowe promises a balanced look Welch that pulls no punches; for the most part, she delivers. But the book's distracting, episodic style (a lot of the material was left over from the first book) makes it seem little more than an attempt to capitalize on curiosity about Welch prior to the publication of his much touted upcoming book. Several abundant appendices are informative but do little to explain Welch's icon status." (Publishers Weekly, April 2001)

"...this book is a good read..." (Ambassador, September 2001)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471255222
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
09/06/2002
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Janet Lowe (Del Mar, CA) is an investment writer and author who has written sixteen business and biographical works, including the recent Damn Right!: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire-Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger (0-471-24473-2). Ms. Lowe is past editor of the San Diego Daily Transcript and Financial Editor of the San Diego Tribune. More than 200 of her business articles have appeared in such publications as Newsweek, the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle.

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