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(Jack: Straight from the Gut.pdf) b The Barnes amp Noble Review b br br During his year tenure as chairman and chief executive of General Electric Jack Welch redefined business culture in America and across the globe Today Welch epigrams like Fix sell or close are part of our everyday vocabulary Welch initiatives like Six Sigma have enabled many organizations to meet the demands of a highly competitive marketplace and Welch disciples hold leadership positions throughout the Fortune In i Jack Straight from the Gut i the first book ever written by GE s legendary CEO you ll find out how a chemical engineer impatient with bureaucracy took a solidly prosperous company and remade it into an extremely profitable aggressive value oriented business that serves as a model for executives from New York to New Delhi br p br The first section of Welch s narrative deals with his childhood the fierce passion and integrity of his mother Grace who refused to allow her son s stutter to stand in his way resonate throughout the book his formative experiences as he struggled to climb out of the pile while developing a new plastic called PPO for GE and his ultimate accession after two decades of hard work to the post of chairman As he recounts his rise through the ranks Welch shares the principles that he believes were integral to his success First and foremost is his commitment to creating a meritocracy in which the best people those who truly distinguish themselves through the quality of their work are rewarded Nothing is as important as identifying training and holding on to talented people Another core principle of Welch s is the need for speed and responsiveness I wanted the company he writes to be more like a speedboat fast and agile able to turn on a dime A third principle could be called informality or even joy As a manager Welch loved the back and forth involved in a true exchange of ideas as well as the conviviality of a night out celebrating the latest victory with his team br p p br The second part of i Jack Straight from the Gut i centers around Welch s resoundingly successful and sometimes painful struggle to modify GE s hardware some business units were sold off or restructured while others like NBC were acquired and its social architecture the culture or values that drove the company During this period Welch revitalized Crotonville GE s famous management training center and introduced the revolutionary concept of boundaryless thinking into the organization Welch tells us The boundaryless company I saw would remove all barriers among the functions engineering manufacturing marketing and the rest It would eliminate the less visible walls of race and gender It would put the team ahead of the individual ego The third and final section of the book discusses GE s four top initiatives over the past decade globalization the growth of services Six Sigma and digitalization and also includes a pithy chapter entitled What This CEO Thing Is All About in which Welch distills the lessons of his amazing career Throughout the latter part of the book Welch also deals candidly with some of his most highly publicized problems including the response to the layoffs of the s his difficulties with the acquisition of Kidder Peabody and the Hudson River PCB problem br p p br Always enlightening and informative i Jack Straight from the Gut i offers us an invaluable look into the mind of the man whom i Business Week i calls the most impressive CEO of his time Although Welch doesn t portray himself as General Electric s savior throughout the book he generously acknowledges the contributions of his colleagues thereby remaining true to his vision of team spirit his book is essential reading for businesspeople and for anyone else who wants to understand the principles by which companies should be run i Sunil Sharma i p p br br b A Review by Janet Lowe b br br The cover of Jack Welch s autobiography uncannily reflects what has recently come to pass at General Electric Jack has left the building A relaxed friendly engaging Welch smiles directly into the camera the sweetest guy you d ever meet now that he s retired To see the toughest guy you would ever want to meet the most competitive guy the most ambitious guy turn to the photos in the book s centerpiece In one a glowering Welch menacingly raises his fist to make a point Each of these Welches is the real Welch they just represent who he was at different times and different places in his career Now that Jack is no longer GE s chief executive officer he can and does settle down for an honest candid talk about his personal life and his remarkable year career at General Electric br p p br Despite the numerous volumes that have been written about him before Welch s hot off the press biography is worth every penny True many of the details of his life such as his relationship with his mother his management principles and the selection of his successor have been covered at length But Welch and his coauthor John A Byrne have done a yeoman s job of giving more colorful details exploring ideas in depth and infusing the book with Welch s snap wit and energy br p p br The messages Welch hopes readers will get from the book are made clear by the words he uses over and over again passion integrity and his enormous respect for intellect He becomes a little defensive when discussing GE s fight with the feds over polychlorinated biphenyl PCB contamination of the Hudson River The chapter entitled Go Home Mr Welch about the failed Honeywell merger makes especially compelling reading Students of business tactics will learn nearly as much from this failure as they will from his many king sized successes br p p br Although it wasn t his goal to do so Welch displays himself in this book as a uniquely American executive at the head of a thoroughly American company His willingness to smash through all kinds of social political and economic barriers shows us that American ingenuity is alive and kicking in fact kicking hard It also is clear Welch says so himself that he has been helped throughout his career by family friends teachers bosses and mentors who gave him chances to stretch and grow to his full potential You might even say he enjoyed a lot of luck unless you believe that most luck is nothing more than the convergence of brains preparation and opportunity If you want to know how this convergence works read i Jack Straight from the Gut i br p p br i a href http cart barnesandnoble com booksearch results asp author last lowe amp author first janet amp match exact amp options and rel nofollow Janet Lowe a is the author of business books including biographies of business leaders Bill Gates and Warren Buffett and most recently i a href http cart barnesandnoble com booksearch isbninquiry asp isbn rel nofollow Welch An American Icon a i She is currently writing a book about champion mutual fund manager Bill Miller i pDownload and Read Online books ePub/PDF/Audible/Kindle, 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