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Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will Paperback – January 20, 1994
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Jack Welch is undoubtedly one of the most talked about chief executives in America. Three months apart, two books have appeared about Welch and his mandate to restructure GE in the 1980s. Unlike Robert Slater's The New GE: How Jack Welch Revived an American Institution ( LJ 10/1/92), authors Tichy, a professor and GE consultant, and Sherman, a Fortune reporter, offer a deeper analysis of Welch's leadership practices and philosophies. The authors use the first person singular to signify an insider's (Tichy's) view, which is confusing at first. Furthermore, the addition of the "Handbook for Revolutionaries" (material developed at GE's executive education center in Crotonville, New York) makes Tichy appear to be a Welch convert, and the bias is sometimes too obvious. The repetition of ideas makes reading laborious. However, the authors do a substantial job in presenting the research, which included over 100 hours of interviews with Welch. Recommended for all business libraries.
- Rebecca A. Smith, Harvard Business Sch. Lib.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Fascinating reading. There is at least as much to be learned here as from reading Peter Drucker, John Kenneth Galbraith, or Michael Porter." -- -- Boston Globe
"IBM. GM. Blow after blow is absorbed by America's recent bellwether firms. At times, only GE seems to be counterpunching--and attacking. Control Your Destiny is an exciting rendition of the Welch revolution. Read it carefully." -- -- Tom Peters, author of Liberation Management
"The first scholarly attempt to pin down the secrets of GE's success. A helpful, clear account...with interesting case studies." -- -- Financial Times
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I have long believed that having the courage of your convictions and the fortitude to express them clearly and convincingly are two of a leader's most important attributes. I have also held the view for several years that many organizations talk a good game about developing leaders from within but too few do it successfully because many CEOs are not fully committed to the practice. And, finally, I believe the word "leader" implies that you anticipate and embrace change as a prerequisite for sustained success, long before you're forced to. Tichy and Sherman may have used other words to capture the Welch philosophy of leadership but that is what it means to me.
Permit me to end my review by asking you these questions: How many CEOs at the time Welch was revolutionizing GE did you know about who stressed the absolute necessity of being candid when conducting performance reviews? Who would jettison business segments that weren't performing as #1 or #2 in their market? Who hired an expert like Tichy to transform their executive development laboratory (if they had one) like he did at GE's executive development program at Crotonville? Who spent a great deal of his time as CEO personally "leading by teaching"? Who firmly believed that the C-suite was not the sole domain of leadership because it was mission critical to institutionalize leadership throughout the entire company?
I enjoyed and profited from reading this superb book again and highly recommend you read it if you haven't. As a student of leadership, I found Tichy and Sherman's work easy to read and most important, very worthy of practicing or implementing, irrespective of the size of one's business or corporation.
Ritch K. Eich is the author of Real Leaders Don't Boss (Career Press, 2012) and another upcoming book on leadership to be released in January 2012.
The book covers GE during the period of Jack Welch's reign. Specifically, it charts his efforts in five major initiatives: Services, Six Sigma, Digitization, Succession, and the Honeywell acquisition.
I found it interesting and readable, although I was left with the feeling (despite the author's best efforts) that these were very difficult achievements to duplicate if you did not happen to be Jack Welch. Although ostensibly a business biography, I still had much more of a feel of personality than facts when I was done. I would have been pleased to have a less broad-ranging treatment which delved a little bit more deeply into some specific numbers and consequences. Although this information might have been contained in the investor reports, I had no patience to page through it and find the information.
Be a tough, bottom-line demanding, reality driven, confrontation seeking, slave driving, and kick assing manager. Otherwise, you will get your butt kicked by other first class manager\as***les. This is the primary lesson of "Control your destiny or someone else will".
On the business side, I found Jack's view on competitiveness ("if you don't have competitive advantage, don't compete") and productivity (productivity is the engine that drives profitability, job security, competitiveness, and higher pay) quite refreshing.