Jack Welch

United States
Born on 19 Nov 1935
Business Executive / Author

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We would not knowingly hire anyone in our company that wasn't 'boundaryless,' that wasn't open to an idea from anywhere, that wasn't excited about a learning environment.

Washington Post (1997)
An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.
If you have a reputation as a big, stiff bureaucracy, you're stuck.
Number one, cash is king... number two, communicate... number three, buy or bury the competition.
Real communication takes countless hours of eyeball to eyeball, back and forth...It is human beings coming to see and accept things through a constant interactive process aimed at consensus.

Harvard Business Review (1989)
One of the jobs of a manager is to instill confidence, pump confidence into your people. And when you've got somebody who's raring to go and you can smell it and feel it, give 'em that shot.
I think you have to place bets and not predict growth rates.

Leaders (1993)
Our dream for the 1990s is a boundaryless company...where we knock down the walls that separate us from each other on the inside and from our key constituencies on the outside.

General Electric annual report (1990)
Public hangings are teaching moments. Every company has to do it. A teaching moment is worth a thousand CEO speeches. CEOs can talk and blab each day about culture, but the employees all know who the jerks are. They could name the jerks for you. It's just cultural. People just don't want to do it.
The idea flow from the human spirit is absolutely unlimited. All you have to do is tap into that well. I don't like to use the word efficiency. It's creativity. It's a belief that every person counts.
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays