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Jack Welch Quote: “The world will belong to passionate, driven leaders – people who not only have enormous amounts of energy, but who can energize those whom they lead.”

The world will belong to passionate, driven leaders – people who not only have enormous amounts of energy, but who can energize those whom they lead.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “Arrogance is a killer, and wearing ambition on one’s sleeve can have the same effect. There is a fine line between arrogance and self-confidence.”

Arrogance is a killer, and wearing ambition on one’s sleeve can have the same effect. There is a fine line between arrogance and self-confidence.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Take time to get to know people. Understand where they are coming from, what is important to them. Make sure they are with you.”

Take time to get to know people. Understand where they are coming from, what is important to them. Make sure they are with you.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Real communication is an attitude, an environment. It is the most interactive of all processes. It requires countless hours of eyeball to eyeball, back and forth. It involves more listening than talking.”

Real communication is an attitude, an environment. It is the most interactive of all processes. It requires countless hours of eyeball to eyeball, back and forth. It involves more listening than talking.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “I was never the smartest guy in the room. From the first person I hired, I was never the smartest guy in the room. And that’s a big deal. And if you’re going to be a leader – if you’re a leader and you’re the smartest guy in the world – in the room, you’ve got real problems.”

I was never the smartest guy in the room. From the first person I hired, I was never the smartest guy in the room. And that’s a big deal. And if you’re going to be a leader – if you’re a leader and you’re the smartest guy in the world – in the room, you’ve got real problems.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “In manufacturing, we try to stamp out variance. With people, variance is everything.”

In manufacturing, we try to stamp out variance. With people, variance is everything.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “When all is said and done, teaching is what I try to do for a living.”

When all is said and done, teaching is what I try to do for a living.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The thing it taught me was that winning’s a helluva lot more fun than losing. It also taught me that the team with the best players that worked together the best wins.”

The thing it taught me was that winning’s a helluva lot more fun than losing. It also taught me that the team with the best players that worked together the best wins.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “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.”

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.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The best thing workers can bring to their jobs is a lifelong thirst for learning.”

The best thing workers can bring to their jobs is a lifelong thirst for learning.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “Simple messages travel faster, simpler designs reach the market faster and the elimination of clutter allows faster decision making.”

Simple messages travel faster, simpler designs reach the market faster and the elimination of clutter allows faster decision making.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “No vision is worth the paper it’s printed on unless it is communicated constantly and reinforced with rewards.”

No vision is worth the paper it’s printed on unless it is communicated constantly and reinforced with rewards.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “When employees underperform, a leader tells them so.”

When employees underperform, a leader tells them so.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Failing to differentiate among employees – and holding on to bottom-tier performers – is actually the cruelest form of management there is.”

Failing to differentiate among employees – and holding on to bottom-tier performers – is actually the cruelest form of management there is.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The world belongs to passionate driven people.”

The world belongs to passionate driven people.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Strategy is simply resource allocation. When you strip away all the noise, that’s what it comes down to. Strategy means making clear cut choices about how to compete. You cannot be everything to everybody, no matter what the size of your business or how deep its pockets.”

Strategy is simply resource allocation. When you strip away all the noise, that’s what it comes down to. Strategy means making clear cut choices about how to compete. You cannot be everything to everybody, no matter what the size of your business or how deep its pockets.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Someone, somewhere has a better idea.”

Someone, somewhere has a better idea.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The last thing you want to do is be a bore. When you wake up in the morning, give yourself a good mirror test. If you look like you’re going to be a sulking, pouting bore, slap yourself in the face before you go out to the office.”

The last thing you want to do is be a bore. When you wake up in the morning, give yourself a good mirror test. If you look like you’re going to be a sulking, pouting bore, slap yourself in the face before you go out to the office.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The most important quality of leadership is intellectual honesty. The reality principle – the ability to see the world as it really is, not as you wish it were.”

The most important quality of leadership is intellectual honesty. The reality principle – the ability to see the world as it really is, not as you wish it were.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “You can’t grow long-term if you can’t eat short-term. Anybody can manage short. Anybody can manage long. Balancing those two things is what management is.”

You can’t grow long-term if you can’t eat short-term. Anybody can manage short. Anybody can manage long. Balancing those two things is what management is.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “Excellence and competitiveness aren’t incompatible with honesty and integrity.”

Excellence and competitiveness aren’t incompatible with honesty and integrity.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Business success is less a function of grandiose predictions than it is a result of being able to respond rapidly to real changes as they occur.”

Business success is less a function of grandiose predictions than it is a result of being able to respond rapidly to real changes as they occur.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “My bosses cautioned me about my candor. Now my GE career is over, and I’m telling you that it was my candor that helped make it work.”

My bosses cautioned me about my candor. Now my GE career is over, and I’m telling you that it was my candor that helped make it work.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Again, your challenge is not just to improve. It is to break the service paradigm in your industry or market so that customers aren’t just satisfied, they’re so shocked that they tell strangers on the street how good you are.”

Again, your challenge is not just to improve. It is to break the service paradigm in your industry or market so that customers aren’t just satisfied, they’re so shocked that they tell strangers on the street how good you are.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Common mission trap for companies: trying to be all things to all people at all times.”

Common mission trap for companies: trying to be all things to all people at all times.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The essence of competitiveness is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important – and then get out of their way while they do it.”

The essence of competitiveness is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important – and then get out of their way while they do it.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Managers can waste a lot of time at the outset of a crisis denying that something went wrong. Skip that step.”

Managers can waste a lot of time at the outset of a crisis denying that something went wrong. Skip that step.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Take the middle 70 percent and tell them what they need to do to get into the top 20 percent.”

Take the middle 70 percent and tell them what they need to do to get into the top 20 percent.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If you can’t energize others, you can’t be a leader.”

If you can’t energize others, you can’t be a leader.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Every employee, not just the senior people, should know how a company is doing.”

Every employee, not just the senior people, should know how a company is doing.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “Nobody is too important to lead the initiative you say is important.”

Nobody is too important to lead the initiative you say is important.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “People who are coaches will be the norm. Other people won’t get promoted.”

People who are coaches will be the norm. Other people won’t get promoted.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “No one can guarantee you a job other than satisfied customers. That’s the only thing that works. Nothing creates work other than products and services you provide that create satisfied customers.”

No one can guarantee you a job other than satisfied customers. That’s the only thing that works. Nothing creates work other than products and services you provide that create satisfied customers.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Strong managers who make tough decisions to cut jobs provide the only true job security in today’s world. Weak managers are the problem. Weak managers destroy jobs.”

Strong managers who make tough decisions to cut jobs provide the only true job security in today’s world. Weak managers are the problem. Weak managers destroy jobs.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Globalization is now no longer an objective but an imperative, as markets open and geographic barriers become increasingly blurred and even irrelevant.”

Globalization is now no longer an objective but an imperative, as markets open and geographic barriers become increasingly blurred and even irrelevant.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “What is a budget review? A personal review with numbers.”

What is a budget review? A personal review with numbers.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “One of the things about leadership is that you cannot be a moderate, balanced, thoughtful, careful articulator of policy. You’ve got to be on the lunatic fringe.”

One of the things about leadership is that you cannot be a moderate, balanced, thoughtful, careful articulator of policy. You’ve got to be on the lunatic fringe.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “People always overestimate how complex business is. This isn’t rocket science. We’ve chosen one of the world’s simplest professions.”

People always overestimate how complex business is. This isn’t rocket science. We’ve chosen one of the world’s simplest professions.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Don’t lose youself on the way to the top.”

Don’t lose youself on the way to the top.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Get the best player because whether it’s soccer or whether it’s anything else the team with the best players wins. So focus your energy on getting the best and getting rid of the weakest.”

Get the best player because whether it’s soccer or whether it’s anything else the team with the best players wins. So focus your energy on getting the best and getting rid of the weakest.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “If you reward candor, you’ll get it.”

If you reward candor, you’ll get it.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Ninety-nine point nine percent of all employees are in the pile because they don’t think.”

Ninety-nine point nine percent of all employees are in the pile because they don’t think.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The 3Ss of Winning in business are speed, simplicity, and self-confidence.”

The 3Ss of Winning in business are speed, simplicity, and self-confidence.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “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.”

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.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “I believe social responsibility begins with a strong, competitive company. Only a healthy enterprise can improve and enrich the lives of people and their communities.”

I believe social responsibility begins with a strong, competitive company. Only a healthy enterprise can improve and enrich the lives of people and their communities.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “A good leader remains focused. Controlling your destination is better than being controlled by it.”

A good leader remains focused. Controlling your destination is better than being controlled by it.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Shun the incremental and go for the leap.”

Shun the incremental and go for the leap.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If we wait for the perfect answer, the world will pass us by.”

If we wait for the perfect answer, the world will pass us by.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Stretch targets energize. We have found that by reaching for what appears to be the impossible, we often actually do the impossible; and even when we don’t quite make it, we inevitably wind up doing much better than we would have done.”

Stretch targets energize. We have found that by reaching for what appears to be the impossible, we often actually do the impossible; and even when we don’t quite make it, we inevitably wind up doing much better than we would have done.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If you get the best people on your team, you’ve got plenty of time to do the things you like to do and can add more value to.”

If you get the best people on your team, you’ve got plenty of time to do the things you like to do and can add more value to.

— Jack Welch


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