• by Jack Welch, John A. Byrne
  • Narrated by Mike Barnicle
  • 14 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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 that relies on a "boundary-less" sharing of ideas, an intense focus on people, and an informal, give-and-take style that makes bureaucracy the enemy.
In anecdotal detail and with self-effacing humor, Jack Welch gives us the people who shaped his life (most notably his mother) and the big hits and the big misses that characterized his career. Starting at GE in 1960 as an engineer earning $10,500, Jack learned the need for "getting out of the pile" when his first raise was the same as everyone else's. He stayed out of the corporate bureaucracy while running a $2 billion collection of GE businesses - in a sweater and blue jeans - out of a Hilton in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

After avoiding GE's Fairfield, Connecticut headquarters for years, Jack was eventually summoned by then-Chairman Reg Jones, who was planning his succession. There ensued one of the most painful parts of his career - Jack's dark-horse struggle, filled with political tension, to make it to the CEO's chair. A hug from Reg confirmed Jack was the new boss - and started the GE transformation. The riveting story of his last year - the elaborate process of selecting a successor and the attempt to buy Honeywell - is also told in compelling detail.

This is classic Jack Welch: down to earth, powerful, and filled with common sense.


What the Critics Say

"As a self-portrait of one of America's most successful modern business leaders, Jack is remarkable for its candor." ( Ther Economist)


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World class

A fascinating insight into the mindset and career of one of the most influential and successful business people that ever was. I found this book extremely valuable because it opened by eyes to the private sector corporate world after spending much of my life as a Naval Officer. Truly inspirational. Buy it.
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Finished within a Week

I'm very busy but having my first audiobook has allowed me to get back into reading and finish the book in just a week. It's nice to be able to read again.
The book keeps you interested and anyone with a slight interest in business will be hooked. The narrator captures Jack's passion perfectly and is very good.
The one way that this audiobook could be better is if the chapters were fixed. The digital options for the chapters don't line up with those in the recordings.

Overall, great book!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-07-2001
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio