Jacked Up The Inside Story of How Jack Welch Talked GE into Becoming the World's Greatest Company

ISBN-10: 0071544100

ISBN-13: 9780071544108

Edition: 2008

Authors: Bill Lane

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When it comes to leadership, do you know Jack? The power, the passion, the profanity-Welch's speechwriter reveals how the CEO's manic attention to communications was the cornerstone to great leadership and GE's meteoric rise CrossThe Art of WarwithThe Devil Wears Prada, and you might have something like this raucous, revealing, and irreverent portrait of business mega legend Jack Welch. Welch's speechwriter of 20 years, Bill Lane, takes you “backstage” and shows how ferociously Welch prepared for presentations. Whether he faced angry Senators, critical shareholders, or hostile union members, Welch knew how to win hearts and minds. Jack's ability to lead came from his ability to communicate and his intolerance of others who could not communicate clearly. As in politics, communication equaled the ability to lead. From his controversial firing of the bottom 10 percent of managers to his staggering increase of GE's capitalization to $400 billion,Jacked Upgives readers get an up-close, fly-on-the-wall view of Welch's riskiest moves: his falling out with his top lieutenant, Gary Wendt, the Pierre Hotel presentation in New York that ignited GE's explosive stock growth, his “circle the wagons” reaction to Larry Bossidy's surprise departure to run Honeywell, and other landmark events. The book also describes Welch's most outstanding speeches, outspoken opinions, outrageous philosophies, and outside-the-box principles that teach and inspire, shock and provoke, all at the same time. Like Jack himself, it's bold, brilliant-and a real kick-in-the-pants for the business world. An inside look at the genius of GE “Jack got quiet for nearly a full minute, as if I were no longer in the room and stared down at the table with the semi-scowl that meant some kind of processing was going on. This phenomenon did not happen that often, but even the senior people in the company would sit quietly until the internally tempestuous little reverie worked itself out. “Then Jack said, loudly and decisively, 'No, no, no! We're not doing this any more. No morereports. We're sick of reports. The only pitches that are worth anything are when you tell people what they ought to do. Otherwise it's just a waste.' And so it began…”
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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 12/17/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 300
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.342

Torched by an A-Hole
Retiring But Not Shy
Reflections of a Pimp
Bore Wars: Chet Lang and the Big Bang
Death of a Pitchman
I Can't Deal with this Anymore
Mike's Big Day
Crotonville High
Prior Planning Prevents Piss-Poor Performance
Fred's Bad Day
Triumphs, Train Wrecks, Coronations, and Jack's Biggest Miss
You're Going Nowhere at GE Unless...
How to Succeed in Business by Really Trying
Love-or Hate-at First Sight
The View from the Bowling Alley
The Bogus Boca Presentation
Died and Went to Headquarters
Selling Hats to Each Other
The Russians Are Coming
Hectoring the Hobbit
Movin' On, Sideways
Death to Strategic Planning
Blubbering on the Stand
From Grunt to Flunky
The Marionette Meister
Jacking Up the Commo
Don't Dive. Swim!
Restuffing Guts
Gentle Meddling
Called on the Carpet
More Change via Negative Reviews
Takes One to Know One
Dead Man Talking
"Stop Construction Today"
Every Biopsy Doesn't Have to Come Back Positive
I'm Okay; You're an A-Hole
Bulletproofing the Love-In
Death by Presentation at NBC
Peeing on the Kidder Body
A Shout from the Bathroom
The Wright Stuff (Righted)
Diversity Is Our ... er ... Strength
Fly Ball at The Pierre
Black Clouds Lift the Stock
The Chairman and the Strawman
Don't Screw This Up
Don't Care About It? Don't Do It!
The 110 Percent Solution and Jack's Perks
Wanna Drink Lunch with Us?
The Firing Squad
Why Gary Wendt
Lack of Care Packages
Seinfeld in Fairfield: The Yogurt Incident
Order and Logic Out of Chaos
Doin' Time
Better Than the Best
Herb Smokes Jack; Warren Lurks in His Nightmare
The Welch Work Ethic
The First Through the Drapes
Crotonville Turkey Shoot
A Pad in Front of You
If Your Wife Thinks It's Boring, It's Boring
Danger: Flying Carrot Fragments
Ringo's Rule
The Perfect Annual Report
"Not a Pennyworth of Difference"
Bore Wars Continue ...
Lloyd's Law: A Learning Company
The Bore Test. Are You Relevant?
Larry Leaves. Lane Grieves. (On the Way to the Bank)
The Inevitable (But Very Short) Golf Section
Tough Jack to Follow
Know Your Potential Enemy
Out of the Gate and Serious
Tell Me a Story
The Dogs Are Your Friends
What You Face If You're Black, Asian, or a Woman
Ten Minutes! No More!
PowerPoint Is the Enemy. Never Surrender
On Being a Leader Rather Than a Projector Operator
Do It All in Five Charts
At the End of the Day
Love Story
Final Thoughts
Boring Acknowledgments Section
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