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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: Jack Welc Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged 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!


Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joey Craer | 2/14/2014

    " Intriguing, but about halfway through I git sick of listening to him brag about how rad he was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tezlyn Reardon | 2/14/2014

    " I love Jack Welch. We can all learn a thing or two about how to conduct business (or live your life) from Jack. He may not have been popular with the decisions he made, but they were the right decisions that made the most business sense. Always remember, it's not personal, it's business. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Russ | 2/11/2014

    " Jack Welch is a fascinating guy and this was a very enjoyable book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ben | 1/11/2014

    " 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. "

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