What Made Jack Welch Jack Welch: How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary Leaders

What Made Jack Welch Jack Welch: How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary Leaders

by Stephen H. Baum, Dave Conti
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What Made Jack Welch Jack Welch: How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary Leaders by Stephen H. Baum, Dave Conti

Surprisingly, it’s not about education or pedigree or even native smarts. Most of us are like jack welch, who started life as a lowercase guy, the son of a railroad conductor, but went on to become the most celebrated and successful executive of recent years. Sure, Jack Welch—and lots of other people like him—are smart and talented, but there are countless people even smarter and more talented who stall out on the way up. Something else is going on. What is it, and what can the rest of us learn from such people to improve our own chances of accomplishment?

Stephen Baum uncovers not only the business secrets of prominent CEOs but their inner stories as well. He ferrets out the real men and women behind the public personas, learning about life-shaping experiences they all have in common that turn out to be the foun-dation for true success in career and in life. Baum has gotten them to recall key moments that they hadn’t thought about for years, as well as the fears, emotions, and learning they’ve experienced during moments of challenge and doubt.

These seminal events are “archetypal shaping experiences”—critical and often unexpected learning moments when future leaders take advantage of challenges thrown in their path:

• When you take calculated personal risks without the safety net of specific instructions on how to proceed.
• When you are clueless about how to solve a knotty problem but dive in and prepare yourself to work through it.
• When you learn to swim in water over your head, make the tough choice, get good on your feet, or
are forced to take a hard look in the mirror. These character-building moments engender an inner core of toughness and confidence that is the real key to leadership in any business or endeavor—they are what made jack welch . . . JACK WELCH.

Stephen Baum provides an entirely new way of thinking about how to fulfill your dreams and aspirations. You’ll come away with the feeling that “if they can do it, so can I” . . . and that is the first step on the journey to becoming extraordinary, awakening the JACK WELCH that lives in each of us—just waiting to take us further than anyone could have predicted.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307395580
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/21/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
File size: 516 KB

About the Author

STEPHEN H. BAUM has been an adviser and coach to CEOs for more than twenty years, first as a partner with Booz Allen Hamilton, now as an independent practitioner and director of the Point Group Network. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Baum chairs a group of New York City CEOs who help one another with sensitive personal and business issues under the aegis of the CEO membership organization Vistage International. He also hosts Inside the CEO, a leadership development series at Baruch College in which he conducts unscripted Q&A sessions with well-known CEOs about life experiences that prepared them to lead. Through Harvard Community Partners of Connecticut, Mr. Baum leads workshops in leadership excellence for executive directors and board chairs of not-for-profits.

DAVE CONTI is a writer and editor specializing in business and self-help topics. Formerly, he was executive editor at HarperCollins Publishers, where he edited and published books by many distinguished authors.

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What Made Jack Welch Jack Welch: How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary Leaders 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read for anyone interested in improving their leadership/management skills. Provides a lot of useful information and real life examples
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author had a brilliant and precious idea, what makes these leaders leaders and not posers? In a series of interviews, and reflections on a lengthy career with Booz Allen & Hamilton. he has succeeded in putting out a noteworthy book. In our Rocket Builders practise we talk about the 'school of experience' that practitioners need to have gone through to be leaders. Baum uses the term 'shaping experiences'. He has listed ten of these: * 1. Swim in the water over your head * 2. Make the tough choices * 3. Solve the Key Puzzle. * 4. Parent at Work. * 5. Sell Something/Get Others to Buy 1n. * 6. Connect with Others. * 7. Build a Team. * 8. Get Good on Your Feet * 9. Develop Your Crap Detector. * 10. Look in the Mirror. This book is useful to all ages and experience levels of business leaders, that is if you want to be one of the top 5. Posers need not apply. Good easy read, that lasts a lifetime. Lessons from those who have done it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book reads as an insider's look at the life shaping moments of CEOs and is a who's who of the 'C Suite' in American business. I found it to be a very engaging book that links the common threads of people's desire for leadership to the shaping experiences (good and bad) that motivated them to achieve. In the spirit of Harvey Mackay's 'How to Swim with the Sharks without Being Eaten Alive,' the book is written by an author who is an accomplished businessman and trusted advisor. The insights he shares about people behind the public personas are very real. I liked the variety of stories and the coverage of men and women in business-stories on Shelly Lazurus and Cathleen Black as well as Jack Welch and David Neelman. The personal stories of the leaders of businesses and the synchronistic experiences that landed them in their positions is very inspiring. The author Stephen Baum is a CEOs coach but this book is valuable reading to both current and aspiring leaders. With chapters on Integrity (Doing the Right Thing When No One is Looking) and Angels (If You Want to Climb Everest, Get Yourself a Sherpa)-it is a refreshing take on American business and a reminder of the good that great leaders aspire to. There is alot of wisdom here. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!