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Jack: Straight from the Gut

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In an anticipated book on business management for our time, Jack Welch surveys the landscape of his career running General Electric, one of the world's largest and most successful corporations. Here he reveals his philosophy and management style.
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Published October 1st 2003 by Business Plus (first published January 1st 2001)
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David McClendon, Sr
Book Review: Jack Straight from the Gut

Jack Welch led General Electric for over 20 years. He was arguably one of the best CEOs in the country at that time. After literally blowing the roof off one of the factories, he went on to lead the company through some very profitable years (pp. 27-36).

This book might be seen as self-promoting and maybe it is. Then again, aren't all autobiographies a little self-promoting? Jack takes the opportunity to tell us where he made mistakes and what he wishes now
Farnoosh Brock
This is a long dry and somewhat boring book, but if you can get past that, you get a great fabulous story on leadership, integrity, meritrocracy, and corporate america, at least when Welch was running his place over at GE.

The stories were very interesting. I am giving it a 3-star. The names of everyone was hard to keep up with. I enjoyed so much to hear that rewards and recognition and advancement in GE are results-oriented. I don't know if this is true for a fact. Is this still possible in larg
Aug 29, 2012 Pavitra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book will be quite inspiring for all those who are very passionate and very ambitious about their career and are too eager to bring in a change in the organization for good.

This book will take you through the tough times faced by WELCH @ GE and how boldly he managed to overcome these and brought a drastic change to the organization after he was promoted to higher position.

Though WELCH was known for being very brutal and harsh to employees, he has been praised for taking vital decisions to r
Abhishek Gour
If you have ever been a part of a multinational corporation or aspire to be one, this has to be one of the most intriguing and inspiring books ever written(On the other hand if you are not interested in businesses or corporations, move on, you won't decipher half of the stuff and hence won't appreciate the words of the great man). Before reading this book (and specially post reading Steve Jobs biography and watching 'The Facebook') I used to think that being the CEO of a company must be the cool ...more
Alexander Ledovskiy
Это прекрасная книга для руководителей. Настоящих и будущих.
Неважно, будет это собственный бизнес, огромная компания, отдел из нескольких человек, домашнее хозяйство или даже собственное тело.

Джек Уэлч - один из самых известных менеджеров 20 века. Он знаменит своей твердостью и жесткостью, однако при этом огромной креативностью, увлеченностью и, конечно, успешностью. За 20 лет работы на высшей руководящей должности компании General Electric он увеличил размеры компании в 10 раз.

Мне дал прочитать
An excellent and candid insight into the billion dollar company and the CEO who played a huge part in it. For those who are looking for management insight to his secrets they may be disappointed because its really just a general overview.

His methods confirm my prejudices about his management style, for example, he uses an A B C D type of ranking. I highly doubt i would love to work under him, but it it is enlightening to see how he justifies his style as good and human.

However, the book was ve
Mark Dunn
Sep 03, 2012 Mark Dunn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great autobiography of Jack's rise through GE, very open and frank, as well as insightful about what it's taken for him to succeed.

Biggest learnings are around:
- people. That's key. Honest dialog about performance and unrelenting search for the best
- ambition. Always looking for the next opportunity and always selling himself as the best person for each new role
- deep dives. Not always, but often, drilling down deep into key areas and doing whatever it takes to understand them and add value

Nov 22, 2008 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As CEO of General Electric from 1981 to 2001, Welch gutted the company and almost started over - focusing on key business lines, divesting less profitable or beneficial ones, exploring new areas, driving improvements and innovation. This is his own memoir of how he led the company through a period of dramatic growth and redefinition. In a mixture of personal memoir and leadership training manual, it contains good insights into his business sense, focus on quality, ability to lead and inspire, et ...more
Calin Biris
Mar 14, 2015 Calin Biris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Autobiografia unuia dintre cei mai mari si importanti CEO ai Americii. Jack Welch isi prezinta evolutia in cariera si acei factori care au contribuit la succesele sale.

Este o carte "must read" pentru orice CEO sau top manager de companie.

Eu am ascultat varianta audio de pe si a fost foarte buna.
Mar 08, 2011 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It had some good nuggets about corporate america...and how he ran GE. It's an autobiography, but 98% about his work at GE, so sometimes it got sloooow. And over my head when they talk about stock options and deals. And Six Sigma. A glossary in the back would have been helpful.
Feb 12, 2011 Ghalib is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
you can see yourself growing in the pages.....
Jan 25, 2017 TJ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the very best management books in print. Not only does Jack Welch take you on his journey as CEO of GE, but he does it in a light-hearted and relateable manner. Having my own master's degree in business, I was impressed with how many best practices he was able to implement at GE before they were widely spread, such as Six Sigma and globalization. Also one of the better biographies I've read.
Sabah al-Binali
Feb 16, 2017 Sabah al-Binali rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is, quite simply, a narcissistic story telling riddled with business errors. The author actually describes how he manipulated earnings on his financial statements, by delaying when and how he recognised capital gains, so as to project a better picture of business performance. This is the prototypical executive who confuses a bull market with management skill.
Jan 25, 2017 Viraj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
Well written by a very successful leader.
Intense. I listened to audiobook read by jack welch himself. I think I should listen to it again in 2020. Meritocracy focus. Gives a good sense of the cut throat competition that exists in the real world.
Jan 24, 2017 Erdenebaatar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jeongha Kim
Oct 16, 2016 Jeongha Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good, interesting book about business and the outside world.
I will always remember my purchase of this book. It was made available on on September 11, 2001. I had just completed my order when I saw the news flash about a plane crashing into the World Trade Center in New York.

This book is a volume of memoirs written by the well known former CEO of GE shortly after his retirement. It is fairly good as these volumes go. Welch teamed up with a co-author who had helped pioneer the "most admired companies" reputation survey at Fortune. Welch is talk
Narrator: Mike Barnicle
Publisher: Hachette Audio, 2001
Length: 14 hours

Publisher's Summary

As CEO of General Electric for the past 20 years, Jack Welch has built its market cap by more than $450 billion and established himself as the most admired business leader in the world. His championing of initiatives like Six Sigma quality, globalization, and e-business have helped define the modern corporation. At the same time, he is a gutsy boss who has forged a unique philosophy and an operating system t
Sep 12, 2013 Danial rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, memoire
This book blurs the line between an autobiography, a corporate history book, and a management instructional; and it does it well. This has been one of the most engaging books on the subject matter, taking a relatively benign subject (how a hard working nobody become a CEO and superstar of an appliance and technology company), and makes it personable.

The language isn't formal, academic, or even moderated. If you're offended by the occasional use of foul language, you'll be offended on a few occas
Minh Tran
Sep 11, 2016 Minh Tran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book actually took me quite a while to read, not because of the writing style (the writing style is in fact quite straightforward) but because it's very hard to keep up with all the characters and developments in this book. Overall, in Jack Welch's book, you can get one or two good lessons about leadership, once you can get pass boring passages that provide little meaning.
Michael Karpov
Jan 06, 2012 Michael Karpov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
русский перевод: "Мои годы в GE"

"самолетики" и отклонения
Шесть сигм
Питер Друкер
"ваш бэкоффис - фронтоффис другой компании"

"описать дилемму" - Я также просил каждого ученика описать дилемму в управлении, с которой он столкнулся за прошедший год: например, закрытие завода, перевод сотрудника на другую должность, непростое увольнение, покупка или продажа отделения.

"собеседование об авиакатастрофе"

20 лучших / 70 средних / 10 худших сотрудников

"Матрица Троттера"
Ллойд отобрал 12 общих критериев и пр
daniel dirnfeld
Dec 12, 2016 daniel dirnfeld rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book recomended we can always learn.
Jan 28, 2015 Marisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Now I may be slightly biased because my boyfriend works for GE, but I found this book fascinating. What is particularly interesting is stepping back and realizing how much of a visionary Welch really was. Reading the book 14 years after he retired, many of the ideas he proposed are common or at least more main-stream. It was also intriguing for me to get a glimpse of what kinds of decisions the folks are the top are faced with. Reading the book certainly gave me a good sense of the company cultu ...more
Mohammed Bantan
Jul 06, 2008 Mohammed Bantan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is book a a biography of the life and career of Jack Welch, One of the most successful CEO s of General Electrics. It tells the story of his personal life, background and the rough road he had to take in order to achieve his success.

The decisions and actions made by this man in his GE career was soon turned into subjects to be taught in universities & colleges. I was surprised when I first read the book, Jack acted based on his instincts & nothing else. The concepts he used at tha
Aug 03, 2013 LDB rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Jack Welch's autobiography written during his final year at GE as well as just after his retirement. I read it on the heals of Jack Welch & the G.E. Way: Management Insights and Leadership Secrets of the Legendary CEO. I had really enjoyed that book and was interested in seeing what Welch himself had to say. This book was interesting, although it was a bit repetitive of some of what was in his biography. I did enjoy reading the few pages at the beginning that give some background on ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Valeria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: management
Розповіді від першої особи мені завжди подобались читати. Це живі, емоційно наповнені історії спроб і помилок. Саме на таких легше навчитись і взяти для себе щось корисне, ніж на сухій теорії. Книга Уелча не стала виключенням.

Однозначно я рекомендую цю книгу всім, хто обіймає посаду СЕО чи прагне її обійняти. Також рекомендую HRам - очима керівника великого бізнесу ви побачите, яку роль може відігравати HR в успіху компанії і СЕО в тому числі, а також як Ви можете бути корисні керівникові, який
Jan 26, 2013 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: This is the autobiography of Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric. During his tenure as CEO (from around 1980 to 2000), General Electric's value rose 4000% (and Welch has been handsomely compensated as his net worth is currently estimated to be around $720 million). Welch started at GE in 1960 as a junior chemical engineer, with a salary of around $10,500. From his work ethic and performance, he climbed the internal ladder and was named CEO just 20 years after starting at GE. ...more
John Johnson
Nov 10, 2014 John Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a 'can't put it down' book for me. At the time I read the book, Jack Welch was 'the darling' of the business world. A regional vice president of the company I worked for was a great fan of Welch and recommended everyone read the book, so I did. Well, I thought this story of how Welch became the CEO of General Electric was captivating, but unfortunately not for the reasons so many others did. Jack Welch took the divisions of General Electric that were underperforming and sold them. Then ...more
Krishna Kumar
May 04, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Welch's autobiography covers a long breadth of time - from his early childhood and his mother's influence to the selection of his successor at GE and his final GE days. It is a long period with a multitude of events to cover and hence, the book makes compromises on the details of some events and the chronological order. At least a few of the decisions are not explained as much as they should - for example, the decision of choosing Jeff Immelt over Bob Nardelli - the future will show the cor ...more
Harrsh Ankola
May 07, 2015 Harrsh Ankola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robin Sharma once said reading Autobiography is like Drinking coffee with that person. Jack: Straight from the Gut is like drinking coffee with Jack Welch, the greatest CEO and my role model. Reading through the book, I was able understand the striking similarities between Infosys's org structure. They way GE has Crotonville, Infy had mysore campus. The Appraisal system of Infy and and GE was almost similar. Reading this book I was all the time wondering how simple the world of management is. So ...more
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John Francis "Jack" Welch, Jr. has been Chairman and CEO of General Electric, coauthor with his wife Suzy Welch of a widely read weekly business column, The Welch Way, and recently launched the "Jack Welch Management Institute," an online MBA program.
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