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usually i cant read a book that is read by the author, because the person is so self centered, but i learned alot from this guy. he is egotisical, but he has accomplished alot and lessos can be gleaned from his narcisssicm.
I appreciated Jack actually reading the book as it made it more personal and understandable. He did a good job of teaching and sharing his experiences although he was covering a long period of time. He did mention so many names that they began to blend together, but, again, it reminded me that he was recounting his life in GE.
Boy am I glad I rented the abridged version. It read like an annual report of GE.
Uplifting to hear a big business guy talk about values that are not all about getting as much as you can and screwing everyone else. Not sure that I entirely believe that he achieved want he thinks he achieved - but he's dead right about understanding that businesses need to fast, flexible and fun. Having worked at a major corp. that tried to instill his values, now I see what they were aiming at, and why they failed so miserably.
Good lessons for any organization. The key learnings is that the right people are the first consideration of organizational success.
Jack skips over the business details of his career, leaving out useful information such as his ideas for improving GE, business philosophy ...etc. Instead he liberally focuses upon already known business concepts such as removing excessive bureaucracy along with non productive workers and investments. While I respect these ideas, there is nothing new about this concept, and they begin to wear thin in a book when they are mentioned over and over again. I found this book to be overly glib, dry and simply a repeat of well known business ideas.
This book was much more than I expected. I selected it due to the Jack Welsh and Larry Bossidy (Execution) connection hoping to glean more knowledge about the performace culture that both had been successful in cultivating at their companies. In Jack's story you hear how his ability to select the right people for the job was critical to his success as he climbed to the top of the corporate ladder at GE and less about how they created the people factory that GE is now famous for. Having Jack read the book added an element for the listener. In this case, Jack is telling his life story and by saying it his own words he is able to add emotional elements in all the right places. This book was very entertaining and I highly recommend it to those, like myself, who are fans of the game of business.
I enjoyed this very much. Kept my attention and was very interesting.
Really a good book. I find myself quoting it to myself and others quite a bit, which is a sign that it has relevance. Along with the Clinton Autobiography, I found it to be one of the better contemporary biographies I listened to recently. Like the Clinton abio., it glosses over the rough spots a little, but what do you expect?
I think this was one of the best Autobiographies I have ever read. Interesting to listen to and good career advise to boot.
Jack Welch began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 became the company's eighth Chairman and CEO. During his tenure, GE's market capitalization increased by $400 billion, making it the world's most valuable corporation. In 1999, Fortune named him the "manager of the century," and the "Financial Times" recently named him one of the three most admired business leaders in the world today. Upon retiring from GE in 2001, Mr. Welch published his internationally best-selling autobiography "Jack: Straight from the Gut". He now teaches at MIT's Sloan School of Management