In anecdotal detail and with self-effacing humor, Jack Welch gives us the people who shaped his life (most notably his 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.
©2001 by Jack Welch; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks
"As a self-portrait of one of America's most successful modern business leaders, Jack is remarkable for its candor." (Ther Economist)
A fascinating insight into the mindset and career of one of the most influential and successful business people that ever was. I found this book extremely valuable because it opened by eyes to the private sector corporate world after spending much of my life as a Naval Officer. Truly inspirational. Buy it.
"quite a ride"
insightful and thought-provoking, "Jack" has a great, down-to-earth vibe and a feel of authnticity.
A terrific read.
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