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Book Title: Jack: Straight from the Gut|
The author of the book: Jack Welch
Edition: Grand Central Publishing
Date of issue: July 1st 2009
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ISBN 13: 9781600245473
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Book Review: Jack Straight from the Gut
Jack Welch led General Electric for over 20 years. He was arguably one of the best CEOs in the country at that time. After literally blowing the roof off one of the factories, he went on to lead the company through some very profitable years (pp. 27-36).
This book might be seen as self-promoting and maybe it is. Then again, aren't all autobiographies a little self-promoting? Jack takes the opportunity to tell us where he made mistakes and what he wishes now he had done to avoid them.
This isn't exactly a "How To" book on being a CEO or leading a company. However, it does provide the reader a little insight into what went on at GE and what the upper level managers were doing to make it happen.
Welch explains some of his strategy along the way. From the very controversial Differentiation Vitality Curve to things like Six Sigma, Jack calls it like he sees it. He explains why he took the actions he did. He also expresses regret for having not made some decisions sooner.
Whether one agrees with how Jack performed in his role of CEO or not, one has to agree that General Electric did grow under Jack’s command. One thing that interests me is Jack demanded that all of the company’s businesses be number one or number two in their market; he did not see the problem. Once a military leader pointed out the problem to him, he changed the policy but still seemed to think that the number one or two concept was a good idea for the time .
I checked this book out from the Wharton County Library. Everyone should take advantage of their free public library.
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Welch, J., & Byrne, J. A. (2001). jack: Straight From The Gut. New York, NY, USA: Warner Business Books. Retrieved from www.twbookmark.com
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Read information about the authorJohn Francis "Jack" Welch, Jr. has been Chairman and CEO of General Electric, coauthor with his wife Suzy Welch of a widely read weekly business column, The Welch Way, and recently launched the "Jack Welch Management Institute," an online MBA program.
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