Jack; Straight From the Gut

Timothy Greenfield Sanders (Author photograph) New York: Warner Business Books, 2001. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. 24 cm. xvi, 479, [1] pages. Illustrations. Appendixes. Index. DJ has slight wear. Boldly inscribed by Welch on half-title page Don Jack Welch. John Francis "Jack" Welch, Jr. (born November 19, 1935) is an American retired business executive, author, and chemical engineer. He was chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001. During his tenure at GE, the company's value rose 4,000%. In 2006, Welch's net worth was estimated at $720 million. When he retired from GE he received a severance payment of $417 million, the largest such payment in history. Through the 1980s, Welch sought to streamline GE. In 1981, he made a speech in New York City called "Growing fast in a slow-growth economy". Under Welch's leadership, GE increased market value from $12 billion in 1981 to $280 billion, making 600 acquisitions while shifting into emerging markets. Welch pioneered a policy of informality at the work place, allowing all employees to have a small business experience at a large corporation. Welch worked to eradicate perceived inefficiency by trimming inventories and dismantling the bureaucracy that had almost led him to leave GE in the past. He closed factories, reduced pay rolls and cut lackluster units. Welch's public philosophy was that a company should be either No. 1 or No. 2 in a particular industry, or else leave it completely. One day former General Electric CEO Reg Jones walked into Jack Welch's office and wrapped him in a bear hug. "Congratulations, Mr. Chairman", said Reg. It was a defining moment for American business. So begins the story of a self-made man and a self-described rebel who thrived in one of the most volatile and economically robust eras in U.S. history, while managing to maintain a unique leadership style. In what is the most anticipated book on business management for our time, Jack Welch surveys the landscape of his career running one of the world's largest and most successful corporations. Derived from a Publishers Weekly article: It doesn't matter whether you love or hate Jack Welch. Who can resist the man telling his story? Welch discusses his childhood and his career. When he proclaims something, he gives examples to illustrate his point. For instance, he says his mother was the strongest influence on his life. He then recalls the time he threw a hockey stick across the ice in disgust after losing a game, and his mother stormed into the locker room—as some teammates were changing—to exclaim loudly, "If you don't know how to lose, you'll never know how to win." When discussing his long career at GE, Welch is equally detailed. While some unfamiliar with the corporation may find some of the discussions somewhat hard to follow, most will be captivated by what appears to be Welch's brutal honesty. He talks about having to lobby for promotions because he didn't "fit the GE mold," and he's open about making some poor business decisions. Condition: Very good / Very good.

Keywords: Entrepreneurs, Leadership, Six Sigma, Globalization, E-Business, Competitiveness, Business Management, Larry Bossidy, Crotonville, Dennis Dammerman, General Electric, GE, Ben Heineman, Honeywell International, Jeff Immelt, Reg Jones, Peabody Kidder

ISBN: 0446528382

[Book #88124]

Price: $125.00

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