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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jack Welch Narrator: Mike Barnicle Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2001 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 Chetanumarani | 1/28/2014

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brett | 1/26/2014

    " it is nice to know what one of the worlds best CEO's was thinking during his time, the book trailed off at the end as I was lost in the strange transition of this mans life finding and grooming a replacement. solid read though "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 1/16/2014

    " Interesting to know which parts of the story of his rise to power one of the most revered leaders of the 90s chose to include and which parts he chose to exclude. Nothing revolutionary, not particularly well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adil Fanaskar | 1/11/2014

    " Gr8 book... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aman Jain | 1/9/2014

    " The best book ever written! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Haris | 12/23/2013

    " Life story of a legendary manager. Well revealed, nicely edited collection of his experiences. A good book to read. Good for knowledge. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Austin Murphy | 12/13/2013

    " go clean up the hudson, asshole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeh | 10/22/2013

    " Well written! Gives a good insight into the man that made GE what it became! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Graham | 9/28/2013

    " Some great stories in here "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Jerus | 9/1/2013

    " Inspiring. His business acumen, vision, and discipline is brought about by his experience shared in this autobiography. If you feel tired with what you're doing with work - include this in your reading list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Butch | 8/20/2013

    " Interesting! Bottom 10% of staff production are relieved of their duties regardless of color,gender or creed. Novel idea huh? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Prem | 4/28/2013

    " Good book but really LOOONG!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hisham Alamoudi | 4/13/2013

    " Legendary Welch, one of the greatest CEOs of all time. A must read for all executives "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ajinkya Kelkar | 4/6/2013

    " Inspired me to learn about 6-sigma "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian | 9/30/2012

    " Tons of great insights into leading a company. It is almost more autobiography than business book. It is a fun read. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chuck Howarth | 3/9/2012

    " What a blowhard "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 1/8/2012

    " I listened to this on audio and got a little tired of his accent, but it is an interesting story and I appreciated his business perspective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nathan Foy | 12/29/2011

    " Really good for business executives. Jack is detail oriented, emotionally intelligent, and insightful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pankaj Ghanshani | 10/3/2011

    " Great insights about leadership & management! Great read if you want to understand a General Manager's life. The last 200 pages did not interest me too much. But the first half was very enlightening! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 8/27/2011

    " It had some good nuggets about corporate america...and how he ran GE. It's an autobiography, but 98% about his work at GE, so sometimes it got sloooow. And over my head when they talk about stock options and deals. And Six Sigma. A glossary in the back would have been helpful. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 6/11/2011

    " Interesting...but not inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 5/17/2011

    " Great read and insights on Mr. Welch's rise from entry level to the top job in one of the biggest companies in the world. Actually did the audio book, which he narrated himself. Don't usually recommend audio books, but for autobiographies, believe it to add a special touch. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayman | 5/12/2011

    " I guess it is like most biography books . some chapters are so and so and some are interesting and good to read. depends in what are you looking for. overall it was inspiring and i enjoy reading it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 4/19/2011

    " Easy to see how GE went from "Good to Great" under Jack's leadership. I know a lot of people will say he was a tough boss and all that. He made a tremendous impact on the people and the company in a seriously positive way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 3/20/2011

    " Inspiring. His business acumen, vision, and discipline is brought about by his experience shared in this autobiography. If you feel tired with what you're doing with work - include this in your reading list. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 3/8/2011

    " It had some good nuggets about corporate america...and how he ran GE. It's an autobiography, but 98% about his work at GE, so sometimes it got sloooow. And over my head when they talk about stock options and deals. And Six Sigma. A glossary in the back would have been helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce | 3/5/2011

    " Very enjoyable book, further investigation, not sure I fully respect the man "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anthony | 10/10/2010

    " The book was alright. Nothing great but Welch's insights into what he has done. I wish he spoke more about what he did while being CEO of GE. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Godwin | 10/5/2010

    " Amazing this guy is a genius "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 9/18/2010

    " I ended up skipping the first chapter. I can't stand that shit about "humble beginnings this and that... we were so poor..." yeah yeah... really couldn't care less. I want to know what you did at GE.

    So yeah, after the first chapter or two it was very well written :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suresh | 3/25/2010

    " Excellent narration of 20 years in GE. Good book for everyone in the business world. Also felt bit of repetetion in the second half. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faris | 3/12/2010

    " Nicely written autobiography. I always enjoy reading about what the greats of our time have done, where their passions laid, and how they got to their prime by driving those passions.

    The book covered some good discussions about the various stages of his life and career. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey | 3/10/2010

    " - A great book, lots of insight and detail. It gives readers a chance to feel how he managed and steered one of the biggest companies in the world. Very inspiring from a professional standpoint. "

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About the Author
Author Jack Welch

Jack Welch began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 he became the company’s eighth chairman and CEO. During his tenure, GE’s market capitalization increased by $400 billion, making it the world’s most valuable corporation. In 1999 Fortune named him the “manager of the century,” and the Financial Times recently named him one of the three most admired business leaders in the world today. Upon retiring from GE in 2001, Mr. Welch published his internationally bestselling autobiography Jack: Straight from the Gut. He now teaches at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and speaks to business leaders and students around the world.