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. Courage Culture Influence Inspiration Leadership Leadership Profiles confidence GE General Electric Jack Welch Leadercast quitting self-confidence winning

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What I Learned from Jack Welch

Next Level Blog

Back in the day, GE’s CEO Jack Welch used to hold forth from the Pit for three or four hours at a stretch leading a spirited back and forth with the high potential leaders in the company’s flagship Management Development Course (MDC). For Welch, the police at GE were the corporate audit staff.

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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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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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Jack and Suzy Welch on Marriage and Career

Leadership Freak

“Where marriages go off the rails is where you get married to your job and you start making decisions with your boss first, and then you come home and inform your spouse.” Suzy… Continue reading → Interview Success Growth leadership success

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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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“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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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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Jack Welch’s Approach to Leadership

Harvard Business

A look at the GE CEO’s legacy. Leadership Hiring Firing Giving feedback Communication Digital Article

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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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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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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. Apparently how you answer is supposed to quickly reveal whether you are an optimist or a pessimist – and perhaps a lot more about your inner worldview.

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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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Organizational Learning – The Influencing Dynamics Of Scenario Planning

Tanveer Naseer

“An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competition advantage” – Jack Welch.

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 My favorite annual leadership event takes place each May. It’s Chick-fil-A Leadercast. The seminar features some of the biggest names in all of leadership. This year’s theme was: “Simply Lead.”

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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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 Organizations need people who know what they’re doing, where they’re going, and have the skills to get there. We call that “talent.”

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

Joseph Lalonde

Starfire (Hynden Welch) was distracted by the balloon animals. Reel Leadership animated movie lessons Business cartoons David Rendall DC comics Eric Bauza Greg Cipes Greg Davies Halsey Hynden Welch Jimmy Kimmel Justice League Khary Payton Kristen Bell leadership Marvel Marvel comics Mission Impossible: Fallout Mission: Impossible Moviepass movies Nicolas Cage Patton Oswalt Scott Menville Simon Sinek Stan Lee Superman Tara Strong Teen Titans Teen Titans Go!

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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

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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7 Vastly Overrated Business Books

First Friday Book Synopsis

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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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. There are specific steps you should take: choose the location, select a style and finally, create the blueprint. Last time, we covered how to select a location.

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.

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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Hot Seat: Jeff Immelt at GE

Leading Blog

I N SEPTEMBER 2001, Jack Welch was a tough act to follow. Jack Welch led GE to some impressive numbers. And in 2001, the economic tailwinds that Welch enjoyed were about to shift. I don’t think if Welch stayed on, it would have been much different.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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., Accordingly, Welch’s successor, Jeff Immelt, drove GE to achieve growth through innovation.

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

First Friday Book Synopsis

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.

How to Overcome Poor Presentation Skills

Coaching Tip

Bill Lane: Jacked Up: The Inside Story of How Jack Welch Talked GE into Becoming the Worlds Greatest Company. Books Business Coaching Career Communication Leadership ACID test how great leaders communicate how to sell your ideas jack welch salestip.info simon reynolds why people failThe higher you go up the corporate ladder, your technical skills become less important and your social skills become more important. Why is that?

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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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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? Continuity of company culture, labor shortages, and an unexpected death of a senior manager are just a few important reasons.

The Architecture of Innovation: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

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

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 UnStoppables: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

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 […].

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.