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It's hard to think of a CEO that commands as much respect as Jack Welch. Under his leadership, General Electric reinvented itself several times over by integrating new and innovative practices into its many lines of business. In Jack: Straight from the Gut, Welch, with the help of Business Week journalist John Byrne, recounts his career and the style of management that helped to make GE one of the most successful companies of the last century. Beginning with Welch's childhood in Salem, Massachusetts, the book quickly progresses from his first job in GE's plastics division to his ambitious rise up the GE corporate ladder, which culminated in 1981. What comes across most in this autobiography is Welch's passion for business as well as his remarkable directness and intolerance of what he calls "superficial congeniality"--a dislike that would help earn him the nickname "Neutron Jack." In spite of its 496 pages, Jack: Straight from the Gut is a quick read that any student or manager would do well to consider. Highly recommended. --Harry C. Edwards --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It doesn't matter whether you love or hate Jack Welch. Who can resist hearing the man tell his story? This abridged version of his recently published autobiography, featuring Welch himself, is quite entertaining. With his slightly raspy Boston accent, 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 listeners unfamiliar with the corporation may find some of the discussions tedious, 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. He's not as forthright as it appears, though. He talks about his beloved wife, Carolyn, who provided a stable home while Welch was rising in GE's ranks, but barely mentions their divorce. Still, this audiobook will be interesting listening for anyone who has followed Neutron Jack's career. Simultaneous release with Warner Books hardcover.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Editorial Reviews
This is great book, and it gives very good description regarding Jack Welch management style and events which have happened during his job as a CEO in GE. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Milan Remikovic
This book is an interesting window into another world, as when Jack describes making out on a date, and winding up at the police station (during
his student days). Read more
The author's detailed explanation of how he transformed GE was pragmatic and inspirational. It is uplifting to read about a CEO who has integrity and so dedicated to his company,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Victoria Andrea Blum
Is direct and feels honest. He is very clearly an objective person who while firm is fair and helpful to those who perform. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sally Helms
Great audio book! I listed to it twice. There are a lot of interesting stories and lots of business knowledge to pick up in this book.Published 7 months ago by Ed Lloyd
Gave this book to my son that just graduated from college. He called to tell me he loved the book.Published 7 months ago by venus
Every manager should read it, its a masterpiece af experience that is deployed in the bookPublished 9 months ago by E. Guevara