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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HarperBusiness; 1 edition (April 5 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060753943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060753948
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Starred Review. One oft-heard comment about Welch's generally praised (and bestselling) 2001 memoir, Jack: Straight from the Gut, was that the book skimped on useful business advice. The respected but controversial former chief of General Electric pays readers back double here. Written with Welch's wife, a onetime editor of the Harvard Business Review, the book delivers a brilliant career's worth of consistently astute (and often iconoclastic) business wisdom and knowledge from the man Fortune magazine called "the manager of the century." Welch knows what he's talking about, and here offers an admirably concise primer on how to do business that's a paragon of tough common sense. From practices he employed at GE (e.g., the much-debated differentiation, which includes winnowing 10% of the workforce at regular intervals), to the personal qualities that lead to success (to Welch, candor is essential), to advice on job hunting and how to work with a bad boss, to ways to maximize the budget process (divorce it from performance rewards), Welch comments frankly and by myriad example, with a common touch that will draw readers in ("that was hardly the first time I'd gotten my clock cleaned by the press"). He explains upfront that the book arose as an attempt to codify his beliefs, in response to the many questions he's received at numerous public appearances since he retired from GE in 2001; as such the book has a somewhat lumpy feel, like an overstuffed bag of presents. But the writing, full of personality and ideas, is a model of clarity and insight, even on such dense subjects as the quality control program Six Sigma. It's difficult to think of anyone in business who wouldn't benefit from reading this savvy, engaging cubicle-to-boardroom guide to success; and it's likely, given Welch's reputation and the massive ad/promo HarperCollins is putting behind the book, that enough business people will want to read it to push it toward the top of the charts. (Apr. 5)
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“Manager of the Century” (Fortune)

“Now is the time.” (New York Times)

“When you talk with Jack about management, his energy and passion fill the room.” (WARREN E. BUFFETT, chairman, Berkshire Hathaway)

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Format: Hardcover
Welch was easily the most successful and influential CEO in the 1990’s, and ironically his philosophy was not that of the standard numbers cruncher/brute force dictator. When he retired to the golf course, GE was in the top 5 largest cap companies for many years. His writing here is a throwback to the Dale Carnegie school of thought, reminiscent of How to Win Friends and Influence People. This book really should be required reading for anyone in management, with its often brilliant inter-personal communication advice. It covers Ge’s iron clad rules for risk management in analyzing companies and their balance sheet performance. They were strictly a top shelf Grade A lender, and if you didn’t make the grade, you were punted. The philosophy was out there for everyone to see in middle level management, which means everyone had to give 110% because they knew the axe would be coming without being told a word. Tough love, but Welch shows how to do it all with leadership, dignity, great people management, and quick decision making in crisis environment.
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I bought this book while searching for books to improve my soft skills and interactions within the office.

I would say that after reading this book and following some of these actions along with following some other books that I have purchased, my soft skills have improved drastically.
People have stopped to tell me that there is a day and night difference in my communication skills over the past 10 months!

I will recommend this to anyone who is looking for revolution in his or her life.
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One of the best management book I've come across. I did not read his autobiography and I probably won't since this book gave me everything I wanted to know.
By the way, I am not a big fan of Jack Welch nor share his political views but I have a lot of respect for what he accomplished.
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Format: Audio CD
I loved Jack's perspective all the way through this book, and the breadth of coverage. I haven't yet come across a book (audio or otherwise) that is this broad, practical, well structured and with such great messages throughout.
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Format: Hardcover
Jack Welch is one of the greatest CEO and also a great writer.
He gives us important advises in easy-to-understand way.
Everyone -I mean everyone- should read this book.
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So much informative and practical in the current era of the corporate world. The contrast of a leader vs maanger is really useful.
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By A Customer on April 12 2005
Format: Hardcover
Not a bad book, it focuses on large corporations a lot. I'm more entrepreneural and have my own small business. A book I just read called Stop Working by Rohan Hall was much more interesting and informative for entrepreneurs.
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