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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 Welch Publisher: Hachette Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/15/2013

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alan | 11/7/2013

    " He has no regrets. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 10/12/2013

    " Great Book. Great stories on leadership, management, communication, and GE. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Otis Chandler | 10/11/2013

    " Nothing revolutionary about this book, but interesting to hear Jack's story from his own mouth. GE is famous for the way it handles its employee reviews, trimming the fat & promoting the best each year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 S Yashveer Singh | 10/10/2013

    " Want to know how to make quick decisions and have a thirst to become a CEO. This is a must read for you then. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Andrew | 10/6/2013

    " Horrible! What an egomaniacal way to waste other people's time by having them read a steaming pile of lies and feces transcribed into hardcover. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abby | 8/21/2013

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 sanjeev | 7/7/2013

    " Good book about entrepreneurship. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mukesh Pal | 6/30/2013

    " Just starting the book. Do not normally read autobiography. This is probably the third or fourth only. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 4/21/2013

    " Interesting...but not inspirational. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 4/20/2013

    " A should-read autobiograpy on leadership for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope | 3/18/2013

    " I think Jack Welch is a very interesting and intelligent man.. I loved learning more of him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Butch | 1/21/2013

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nishesh Gupta | 11/5/2012

    " Written by Jack in a characteristic American twang....Jack he did nothing wrong...you don't get to understand the real Jack Welch...what you do get to meet is the Super hero Jack...self promoting endeavour "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeh | 6/18/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Siim | 1/21/2012

    " A great biaography! Easy, entertaining to read and lots of ideas to about leadership and business development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ankur Sharma | 1/7/2012

    " I became his ardent admirer after listening to his Business Week podcasts. This book literally woke me up from slumber. Brutal, sharp yet straight to the point, it cuts across fat and focuses on the real muscle! Every page is worth a read and making notes from! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/27/2011

    " I'm a nerd. Loved his book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marcia | 10/15/2011

    " This is a fascinating autobiography of Jack Welch, GE's youngest CEO. Welch is objective, entertaining, and informative about his business ideas. His mother's influence is obvious. Welch describes his failures as well as triumphs. The story is interesting and entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Priya | 8/6/2011

    " So much for competition!? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Archita | 5/3/2011

    " A must read.highlighted complex situations with real life examples. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli | 4/25/2011

    " Loved this book! I need to read it again, and again, and again "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 1/23/2011

    " Jack Welch is a straight shooter with some practical advice for leaders. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 1/3/2011

    " A lot of great stories and great advice for getting ahead at any level of corporate life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lance | 12/17/2010

    " Had some interesting ideas. Many of the suggestions he made seem great in theory but to implement them will take years to get them established. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clayton | 11/16/2010

    " Great book for anyone aspiring to lead an organization or a team. The Chapter on candor makes the whole book worth purchasing. The latter half of the book did not appeal to me as much as the first half. would have done fine to just read the chapter on candor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelby | 11/15/2010

    " Good reminders from a business giant. "

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