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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,254 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Welch Narrator: Mike Barnicl Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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As CEO of General Electric for the past 20 years, Jack Welch has built its market cap by more than $450 billion and established himself as the most admired business leader in the world. His championing of initiatives like Six Sigma quality, globalization, and e-business have helped define the modern corporation. At the same time, he is a gutsy boss who has forged a unique philosophy and an operating system that relies on a boundary-less sharing of ideas, an intense focus on people, and an informal, give-and-take style that makes bureaucracy the enemy.

In anecdotal detail and with self-effacing humor, Jack Welch gives us the people who shaped his life (most notably his Irish mother) and the big hits and the big misses that characterized his career. Starting at GE in 1960 as an engineer earning $10,500, Jack learned the need for getting out of the pile when his first raise was the same as everyone else's. He stayed out of the corporate bureaucracy while running a $2 billion collection of GE businesses - in a sweater and blue jeans - out of a Hilton in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

After avoiding GE's Fairfield, Connecticut headquarters for years, Jack was eventually summoned by then-Chairman Reg Jones, who was planning his succession. There ensued one of the most painful parts of his career - Jack's dark-horse struggle, filled with political tension, to make it to the CEO's chair. A hug from Reg confirmed Jack was the new boss - and started the GE transformation. The riveting story of his last year - the elaborate process of selecting a successor and the attempt to buy Honeywell - is also told in compelling detail.

This is classic Jack Welch: down to earth, powerful, and filled with common sense. Download and start listening now!


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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ram | 2/18/2014

    " This book gives you the opinion of one of the best CEO s. Learn how competition is important in early stages of life, differentiation and appreciation of what is good in later stages, and some management tips from Jack Welch, who changed GE, one of America's oldest and largest corporations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Morgan O'neal | 2/12/2014

    " A wonderful book for all career managers. This book gives a great role model to emulate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tom | 2/11/2014

    " As an employee of GE, this book provides a much better understanding of why the company exploded into the powerhouse it was today. No tolerance accepted for even the average employee, shape up or you're out mentality type of business ethic for leadership explained here. If you're not a full supporter of competition in the world or even workforce of your employer this book will only make you angry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chetanumarani | 1/28/2014

    " CEO's Life. He is just another guy with the determination of a iron fist. "

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