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

Maximizing Possibility

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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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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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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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

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

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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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

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?

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.

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.

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?

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.

One Thing All Remarkable Leaders Learn to Do

Leadership Freak

Jack Welch – retired… Continue reading → Marks of leaders Personal Growth great leaders Growth Leadership Development leadership successAll successful leaders universally share one quality. I’ve interviewed and learned from some of the world’s most respected leaders and thinkers. James Whitehurst – CEO and President of Redhat.

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75% Have Hired the Wrong Person

Leadership Freak

I’ll never forget Jack Welch saying you have about a 50/50 chance of hiring the right person. Surveys confirm that the majority of organizations have hired the wrong person.* The wrong hire: Drains… Continue reading → Leading Leadership Leadership Development organizational success

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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.

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

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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Quote of the Day


Jack Welch describing corporate attorney Steven Volk He is really a great advisor. He listens better than anybody else.

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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?

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.

How to Accelerate Team Learning


Jack Welch famously said, “An organizations ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the greatest competitive advantage.”. A team’s ability to learn quickly is at the heart of adapting to constant changes.

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Solution Saturday: How to Convince the Older Generation to Change

Leadership Freak

Jack Welch The question: I was asked at a recent speaking engagement in Chicago, “How can I convince the previous generation to change?” The value of not changing is things stay the same. But, “If change is happening on the outside faster than on the inside, the end is in sight.” Context: The person asking … … Continue reading → Change Solution Saturday

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Leadership Lighthouse: You Don’t Have to Lead in the Dark

Linked 2 Leadership

Bill Gates, Jack Welch, the late Steve Jobs—what do these people have in common? EntrepreLeadership Future Leadership Issues Leading & Developing Other Leaders Sales Leadership Bill Gates Jack Welch Steve JobsThey are prominent business leaders who are always appearing in the media. So much so that you probably feel you know their company better simply because you are so familiar with them. Having the world know about you and your company may [.].

One Page Talent Management: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

One Page Talent Management: Eliminating Complexity, Adding Value Marc Effron and Miriam Ort Harvard Business Press (2010) A comprehensive analysis of “the most powerful, repeatable processes that create successful talent&# The claim by Marc Effron and Miriam Ort that they offer “the most powerful&# processes that create successful talent is, at best, debatable. However, they [.].

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 [.].

Onward: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob's blog entries Alfred Sloan Andrew Grove “Starbucks’ touchstones [comma] the source of our pride” Do not confuse investments with costs Don’t “fall in love” with loyal [comma] devoted workers Howard Schultz Jack Welch Jim Donald Joanne Gordon John Whitehead Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul Rodale Sam Walton the "distinctive Starbucks experience

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Levers of Control: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Levers of Control: How Managers Use Innovative Control Systems to Drive Strategic Renewal Robert Simons Harvard Business School Press (1994) I read this book when it was first published in 1994 and recently re-read it, curious to see how well it has held up. My conclusion? Very well indeed. What I find especially noteworthy is [.].

Army of Entrepreneurs: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Intuit Isaac Getz’s Freedom Jack Welch Jeanne W. Army of Entrepreneurs: Create an Engaged and Empowered Workforce for Exceptional Business Growth Jennifer Prosek AMACOM (2011) How to grow great gardeners The title of my review refers to what I believe is Jennifer Prosek’s key point in this book: To paraphrase, Think like a gardener and decide what you want to grow, when and [.].

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

Successful Leadership Is Not One Size Fits All

Coaching Tip

Jack Welch is quoted as saying, "What sets GE apart is a culture that uses diversity as a limitless source of learning opportunities, a storehouse of ideas whose breadth and richness is unmatched in world business." By Guest Author Art Gould.

Creating a Learning Organization: 10 Actions For a Leader


Jack Welch said, “An organizations ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the greatest competitive advantage.” Continuous learning and its respective implementation to generate desired business outcomes is at the core of successful organizations. Peter Senge defined a learning organization as the one “where people continually expand their capacity to create the

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What Any Leader Can Learn from Pope Francis

Next Level Blog

Krames has been involved in publishing more than 400 business books over the course of his career and has written books on business and government leaders like Jack Welch and Donald Rumsfeld. Jeffrey A. As Krames describes himself, he is the son of Holocaust survivors and believes that Pope Francis is the most authentic leader he has ever seen. As he told me in a recent conversation, he felt moved to write a book on the Pope.

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