Leadership Profile: Jack Welch

Nathan Magnuson

I first heard Jack Welch speak at the Leadercast Seminar in 2013. Even though he was over a decade into retirement and in his upper 70s, Welch’s rich enthusiasm for business and leadership took the audience (and the moderator) by storm.

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Jack Welch Led Gossip Sessions

Leadership Freak

With typical candor and color, Jack Welch said, “We always had one hell-of-ah gossip session after every meeting.” (ELP, ELP, 2011, NYC) At least two things happened at meetings Jack Welch attended. First, the agenda happened. Second, and more importantly, an H.R. meeting happened during and after. During meetings Jack and his team looked through the [.]. Author Leading Leadership Development Organizational Development

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Jack and Suzy Welch on Destiny and Authenticity

Leadership Freak

I asked Jack and Suzy Welch about getting ahead in business and leadership at the World Leaders Conference. Getting ahead: Suzy: If you want to get ahead in business and leadership… “Find your area of… Continue reading → Author Interview Personal Growth Leadership Development

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Jack Welch on the Cruelest Environments

Leadership Freak

Image source: me Jack Welch and candor come together. It didn’t take long for the topic of candor to come up at the dinner I attended after the Chick-fil-A Leadercast. In his usual no-nonsense fashion, Jack said, “If your employees don’t know where they stand, you have no right to call yourself a manager.” Here’s […].

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Another Duo Welch Book Hits the Charts on April 15 – But Ethics?

First Friday Book Synopsis

We’re less than a month away from the release of Jack and Suzy Welch‘s newest work, The Real Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career (Harper Business, 2015). It is a certain best-seller, and pre-orders for the book are rocking the online outlets. Considering their […].

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“Change before you have to”- Jack Welch

CEO Blog

“Change before you have to&# - Jack Welch Categories: About The Book Daily Guest Post FTC Notice – conflicts of interest Latest Articles Motivational Business Quotations Time Leadership Audio CD Your days seem to get busier and longer. Provides the nessecary tools to master not only effeciency skills, but also effectivness skills.

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Jack Welch Grabbed Jim McCann by the Collar

Leadership Freak

shared Jack Welch’s “encouragement” when it […]. Leave a comment on today’s post to become eligible for one of twenty complimentary copies of the new book, “Talk is (NOT) Cheap,” by Jim McCann. Putting off difficult conversations doesn’t help. The longer you wait, the harder they get. Jim McCann, founder and CEO of 1-800-Flowers Inc.,

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Five Assumptions & Five Questions from Jack Welch, Winning – Rather Clarifying…

First Friday Book Synopsis

A friend recently reminded me about Jack Welch and his five questions. Good, important questions — read more about these here – i.e., here’s the “long version”). Here are the five (short version): #1 — What does the Playing Field Look Like Now? #2 2 — What has the Competition Been Up To? #3 3 — What have […]. Randy''s blog entries

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How Blowing up a Factory Changed Jack Welch

Leadership Freak

I asked Jack Welch, at the World Business Forum 2011, to talk about tipping points in his life and he said, “I blew up a (GE) factory the first year I was there.” He was in his mid-twenties and figured his career was over. “I I was running a little pilot plant. It all exploded, went [.]. Failure Mistakes Optimism Personal Growth Taking others higher Leadership Development

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What Hath Jack Welch Wrought? Maybe Differentiation Is Not All That Good After All – A Defense Of Mediocrity

First Friday Book Synopsis

Randy's blog entries differentiation excellence Jack Welch jobless recovery medicroty“Ah, but we can’t,&# goes the prayer. “We can’t because we have responsibility, a responsibility to our employees, to our community. What will happen to them?&# I got two words for that: Who cares? The fictional Lawrence Garfield (Larry the Liquidator), Other People’s Money – see the clip here} ———— A few nights ago, I [.].

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Possibility Maximizer: It's Everybody's Business with Jack and Suzy Welch - Now on CNBC!

Sales Wolf Blog

Today I am excited to share an exciting new resource from one of my favorite business leaders: Jack Welch. The Resource: It's Everybody's Business with Jack and Suzy Welch on CNBC What It Is: It's Everybody's Business started as a web series featuring Jack and Suzy Welch as they work with large national companies to tackle pressing and high-stakes business challenges. Happy Friday - I hope you have had a wonderful week!

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Forget the Bus! Develop Talent to Create a Fast, Nimble Fleet

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

This approach was first popularized in the 1980′s by Jack Welch at GE and further reinforced in 2001 by Jim Collins who told us to “get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off.” Leadership Jack Welch Jim Collins stack ranking talent development

Are You Ready to Serve the Team?

Modern Servant Leader

Lao Tzu [Share This: Twitter | LinkedIn ] Dan Rockwell (aka Leadership Freak ) interviews Suzy & Jack Welch, backstage at the World LEADERS Conference. So there I was sitting in the green room, backstage at the event, watching Dan Rockwell , an amazing leadership blogger and speaker, interview Jack and Suzy Welch, when it hit me. Servant Leadership Dan Rockwell humility Jack Welch Service Suzy Welch World Leaders Conference

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Wanted: Optimists!

Nathan Magnuson

Character Expectations Influence Inspiration Leadership Personal Effectiveness attitude Condoleezza Rice expectations Jack Welch Mark Miller optimism positive attitude uncertainty vision Is the glass half empty or half full? You’ve undoubtedly been asked this rhetorical question before.

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Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Teen Titans Go! To The Movies

Joseph Lalonde

Starfire (Hynden Welch) was distracted by the balloon animals. A Reel Leadership Article Pam and I were planning on seeing the new Tom Cruise movie Mission Impossible: Fallout this past weekend with our Moviepass accounts.

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12 Takeaways from Chick-fil-A Leadercast 2013

Nathan Magnuson

Influence Leadership Learning Personal Effectiveness Andy Stanley Chick-fil-A Chick-fil-A Leadercast clarity complexity Condoleezza Rice David Allen Henry Cloud Jack Welch John Maxwell Mike Krzyzewski Roark Denver seminars teamwork trust

7.5 New Year’s Leadership Resolutions

Nathan Magnuson

Character decision-making Expectations Influence Inspiration Learning Networking Chip Heath Dale Carnegie Dan Heath Decisive experiment extrovert flossing How to Win Friends and Influence People introvert Jack Welch learn Mark Miller networking New Years resolutions optimism pessimism resolutions smile winning This year has just about come to a close. The Type As among us are probably wrapping up their goals and planning for the new year (if they aren’t finished already).

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Architect Your Leadership – Part 2 – Architectural Style

Modern Servant Leader

Jack Welch is a symbolic apartment leader. Servant Leadership Apartment Architecture Cabin Exotic Frank Lloyd Wright Herb Kelleher House Jack Welch Leadership Model Steve Jobs Structure Style Tony DungyWe’re discussing how to build your leadership like an architect builds a home.

Can Charisma Be Taught? The 90% Theory And Why That Can Be Enough

Terry Starbucker

The 90% Theory And Why That Can Be Enough by Starbucker on October 10, 2010 Jack Welch at the World Business Forum, October 5 2010 (Photo by dov.com) Charisma – “ a personal magic of leadership arousing special popular loyalty ” (Webster Dictionary) You notice them the minute they enter a room. Watching Jack Welch last week resurfaced all those wonderings, and while it’s still somewhat mysterious to me, after a few days of contemplation I finally have a theory about charisma.

Developing Future Leaders – It’s Imperative Not to Wait!

Great Leadership By Dan

future leaders Jack Welch leadership development Beth Armknecht Miller succession planning GEGuest post by Great Leadership regular contributor Beth Armknecht Miller: Why is it important to develop future leaders within your company?

The Productivity Impact of Engaging Your Workforce

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "Ideas the Welch Way: How Healthy is Your Company" BusinessWeek magazine General Electric How does engaging employees affect an organization's productivity and profitability? Jack Welch Mike Marker Organizational Excellence Journal Predictor of Success Procter & Gamble (PG) Scale Leading From Commitment® White Paper Sinclair Group's Organizational Excellence Practice The Productivity Impact of Engaging Your Workforce

7 Vastly Overrated Business Books

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CIO Computer Gaming World Funny Business Gartner Geoffrey James Wired Houston Industries Jack Welch Lucent Men's Health Rackspace SellingPower Suzy Welch The CBS Interactive Business Network the diseased notion of the "heroic CEO" who singlehandedly causes a company to be successful The New York Times Business Wisdom of the Electronic Elite The Tao of Programming there is no panacea for good management Winning

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Jim Dewald on “Entrepreneurial Thinking”: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Jim Dewald is the dean of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and an associate professor in the strategy and entrepreneurship. A business leader who can provide an effective bridge between strategy theory and on-the-ground practice, his research interests are related to the micro-foundations of strategy formulation and implementation. Specifically, his… Read More Jim Dewald on “Entrepreneurial Thinking”: Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris.

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Jim Dewald on “Entrepreneurial Thinking”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Jim Dewald is the dean of the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and an associate professor in the strategy and entrepreneurship. A business leader who can provide an effective bridge between strategy theory and on-the-ground practice, his research interests are related to the micro-foundations of strategy formulation and implementation. Specifically, his… Read More Jim Dewald on “Entrepreneurial Thinking”: Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris.

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Talent Masters is the Choice for the September FFBS

First Friday Book Synopsis

Karl''s blog entries Alan Murray Amazon.com Bill Conaty first friday book synopsis GE General Electric Jack Welch Ram Charan Supervising Success Talent Masters Wall Street Journal I know that we are still working on the August 1 First Friday Book Synopsis with two excellent books and our bonus program, but I am already looking forward to my September presentation. It has excellent reviews and plenty of strong publicity, including one by our blogging partner, Bob Morris.

What? More terrific quotations? You betcha!

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries George Bernard Shaw Jack Welch More Terrific Quotations! I am an incurable collector of quotations and now share another group, most of which are new to me. o “I can’t recall a time that was as volatile, complex, ambiguous, and tumultuous. As one successful executive put it, ‘If you’re not confused, you don’t know what’s going on.’” ’” Warren Bennis o “The most serious […].

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GE’s Culture Challenge After Welch and Immelt

Harvard Business Review

Of course, leaders, too, can set a different tone: Jack Welch, Lee Iacocca, Lou Gerstner, and Steve Jobs all did that. Accordingly, Jack Welch’s drive to Six Sigma involved an intense focus on controlling costs, quality, and execution on both the infrastructure and behavioral sides (e.g.,

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Maybe Violence Has a Future? Read This Book Before You Decide

First Friday Book Synopsis

Matt Welch Rita E. Maybe you never thought violence had a future. It’s been drilled into us since we were very young that violence was awful, even immoral or unethical. We saw role modeling of famous non-violent demonstrations from the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., and throughout history, many passive rather than aggressive reactions to perceived unfavorable change. However, […].

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Soft Corporate Cultures

Coaching Tip

In the April 30, 2012 issue of FORTUNE , Jack and Suzy Welch wrote about "one of the most immutable rules of business. It would seem to me that experienced leaders like Jack Welch and Bob Lutz need to recruited by our federal government for a discussion/recommendation as to what standards of ethics need to exist and be enforced in our global economy today. Are your organization's values a joke?

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Be•Know•Do: A book review by Bob Morris

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Shinseki Field Manual 22-100 [comma] Army Leadership Frances Hesselbein Jack Welch James Kouzes and Barry Posner John Gardner Patrick Lencioni John Kotter Jossey-Bass/Leader to Leader Institute; 1st edition (2004) Oliver Wendell Holmes Peter Drucker Richard E. Be•Know•Do: Leadership the Army Way: Adapted from the Official Army Leadership Manual United States Army (Author); Frances Hesselbein and Eric K. Shinseki (Introduction), and Richard E.

Jack Welch’s Approach to Breaking Down Silos Still Works

Harvard Business Review

Working across organizational boundaries was a new way of thinking 25 years ago —one that was largely championed by Jack Welch, then CEO of GE. Welch was convinced that the speed of globalization and technological innovation in the 21 st century would require companies to work very differently – with shorter decision cycles, more employee engagement, and stronger collaboration than had previously been required to compete.

The Lean Startup: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses Eric Ries Crown Business (2011) “There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.” ” Peter Drucker I selected this observation by Drucker (1963) because it continues to suggest caution when deciding [.].

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Kill the Company: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Kill the Company: End the Status Quo, Start an Innovation Revolution Lisa Bodell Bibliomotion (2013) How to envision the future you want to create, make the necessary connections, and meanwhile engage in assumption reversal Obviously, it would be idiotic to kill an entire company or eliminate all of its status quo. If Lisa Bodell knows […].

The Architecture of Innovation: A book review by Bob Morris

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Bob''s blog entries A short list of potential steps than can improve the health of entrepreneurial firms GE Harvard Business Review Press How to combine two traditional models "within a powerful system that consistently and efficiently produces new ideas" Jack Welch Joshua Lerner The Architecture of Innovation: The Economics of Creative Organizations The Boom-Bust Venture Cycle The Case for Corporate Venturing and What Can Go Wrong

The UnStoppables: A book review by Bob Morris

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The UnStoppables: Tapping Your Entrepreneurial Power Bill Schley John Wiley & Sons (2013) “We take good care of our people, they take good care of our customers, and our customers take good care of our shareholders.” Former chairman and CEO of Southwest Airlines, Herb Kelleher, provided the title for this review and Bill Schley fully […].

Be the Best Bad Presenter

Coaching Tip

Books Business Coaching Career Communication Leadership Skills Success Work life Forbes Jack Welch life signature Michael Jackson passionately presentations public speaking tips and tricks According to Forbes , 90% of all people have anxiety about public speaking.

Win-Win Partnerships: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries "Vision without execution is hallucination" Albert Einstein Aristotle John Wooden CMOE Press (1996) Erika Andersen General Electric Growing Great Employees Jack Welch Jeff Immelt Matt M. Win-Win Partnerships: Be on the Cutting Edge with Synergistic Coaching Steven J. Stowell and Matt M. Starcevich CMOE Press (1996) “Vision without execution is hallucination.” ” Thomas Edison Do not be deterred by the fact that this book was first published in 1996.

The Score Takes Care of Itself: A book review by Bob Morris

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His Standard of Performance" Bill McPherson Bill Walsh Brian Billick Chuck Noll Craig Walsh Don Shula Erika Andersen George Hallas George Seifert Gregory Peck Growing Great Employees Jack Welch devoted Jeff Immelt Joe Montana John McVay Mike White Jon Gruden Mike Holmgren Mike Shanahan NFL’s Hall of Fame coaches Portfolio/Penguin Group Randy Cross Steve Jamison such as Paul Brown the San Francisco 49ers The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership Tom Landry Twelve O'clock High U.

Pat Lencioni’s Latest Point of View: “The Lost Art of Simplicity”

First Friday Book Synopsis

magazine Jack Welch Leonardo Da Vinci Make-A-Wish Foundation New York Times Newell Rubbermaid Oracle Corporation Pat Lencioni''s Latest Point of View: The Lost Art of Simplicity Rudy Guiliani SAP Southwest Airlines Sybase The Five Dysfunctions of a Team The Table Group Inc The Three Signs of a Miserable Job the US Military Academy at West Point. Here is a brief excerpt from Pat Lencioni‘s latest Point of View.

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Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 9/2/13)

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Small Giants Community Interview of Jamie Gerdsen Jamie Gerdsen Jefferson and the Virtues of a Good Long Walk" Jennifer Jacquet John Brockman LinkedIn Maria Popover Paul Macmillan Phil Stutz Ramon Nunez (chief executive of LiveHive) in “The Corner Office” Raul Candeloro Sources of Innovation Squirrels Suzy and Jack Welch TED The Genius in All of Us The New York Times The Solution Revolution The Tools Thoreau Why you need to know about Edge.org William D.

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The Start-Up of YOU: A book review by Bob Morris

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Bob's blog entries and Transform Your Career Ben Casnocha Benjamin Franklin Crown Business Fortune 500 companies How and why start-up mind-sets and skill-sets are essential to achieving and then sustaining success…however defined invest in yourself Jack Welch Jeff Bezos Joseph Priestley Marc Andreesen Marc Pinkus Mary Sue Milliken Reed Hastings Reid Hoffman Sheryl Sandberg Steve Jobs The Start-Up of YOU: Adapt to the Future

World Changers: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries Apple Arthur Blank as well as independence and control Bernie Marcus C-Change Media Inc Chainsaw Exemplars of an opportunistic mindset and acceptance of risk and potential failure General Electric Chairman Jack Welch Harpo Herb Kelleher How They Lead.and Other Essential Advice from a Self-Made Leader Howard Schultz Informed Consent It’s All About Who You Hire John A. World Changers: 25 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Business as We Knew It John A.

The Topgrading Dilemma


Tograding was made most popular by former General Electric CEO Jack Welch. Welch’s practice at GE was to locate the top 20 percent of performers, celebrate them and pay them handsomely. Welch advocates such performance evaluations up to 4 times per year. Featured groysberg talent management topgrading welchI had a discussion recently about the concept of topgrading.