- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061240176
- ISBN-13: 978-0061240171
- Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 453 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #494,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, one insight Welch makes in this book which I thought was hugely illimunating is the notion that mission statements, rather than being wishy-washy, should be tied to concrete, explicitly defined goals--ideally which possess metrics against which success can be measured. Welch has a background in science, and it wouldn't surprise me if the idea arose from that experience.
I'd very highly recommend this book for anyone thinking of taking on some kind of role in management, no matter at what level of business. Even if you don't agree with everything, Welch's frankness and wealth of experience provide some very stimulating material to pore over.
What makes this book unique is the breadth of topics discussed. It really serves as a primer for anyone looking to navigate his way through the corporate world. While it is hard to summarize the many learnings contained within this book, below are some excerpts which I found particularly profound:
-"When you are an individual contributor, you try to have all the answers. That's your job...When you are a leader, your job is to have all the questions."
-On Change " 1- Attach very change initiative to a clear purpose or goal. Change for change's sake is stupid and enervating. 2- Hire and promote only true believers and get-on-with-it types. 3- Ferret out and get rid of resisters, even if their performance is satisfactory. 4- Look at car wrecks."
-" The 4-E (And 1-P) Framework - The first E is positive energy. -The second E is the ability to energize others. - The third E is edge, the courage to make tough yes-or-no decisions. - Which leads us to the fourth E - execute - the ability to get the job done. - If a candidate has the four Es, then you look for that final P - passion.
Given the scope of the book, one can't expect that it covers each of the topics in depth. What it does though, is server as an eye openers on areas/aspects of one's career that were perhaps missed/over-looked.
If you had to read one book this year, I would recommend Winning!