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Jack Welch Quote: “When I stop learning something new and start talking about the past versus the future, I will go.”

When I stop learning something new and start talking about the past versus the future, I will go.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “If you managed a baseball team, would you listen more closely to the team accountant or the director of player personnel?”

If you managed a baseball team, would you listen more closely to the team accountant or the director of player personnel?

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Creative artists have great passion.”

Creative artists have great passion.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The main social responsibility for a company is to win.”

The main social responsibility for a company is to win.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “All of management is about self-confidence.”

All of management is about self-confidence.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If you have a reputation as a big, stiff bureaucracy, you’re stuck.”

If you have a reputation as a big, stiff bureaucracy, you’re stuck.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “There is no straight line to a dream.”

There is no straight line to a dream.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Change has no constituency and a perceived revolution has even less.”

Change has no constituency and a perceived revolution has even less.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “You never know how diverse your career can be. I think it’s wonderful. My life has always been the next page, not the last page.”

You never know how diverse your career can be. I think it’s wonderful. My life has always been the next page, not the last page.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The best way to support dreams and stretch is to set apart small ideas with big potential, then give people positive role models and the resources to turn small projects into big businesses.”

The best way to support dreams and stretch is to set apart small ideas with big potential, then give people positive role models and the resources to turn small projects into big businesses.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “First and most obvious, bring out the three old warhorses of competition – cost, quality, and service – and drive them to new levels, making every person in the organization see them for what they are, a matter of survival.”

First and most obvious, bring out the three old warhorses of competition – cost, quality, and service – and drive them to new levels, making every person in the organization see them for what they are, a matter of survival.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Above all, good leaders are open. They go up, down, and around their organization to reach people. They don’t stick to the established channels. They’re informal. They’re straight with people. They make a religion out of being accessible. They never get bored telling their story.”

Above all, good leaders are open. They go up, down, and around their organization to reach people. They don’t stick to the established channels. They’re informal. They’re straight with people. They make a religion out of being accessible. They never get bored telling their story.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Give me a highly successful unionized industry.”

Give me a highly successful unionized industry.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “No one is guaranteed a job in this.”

No one is guaranteed a job in this.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “A company has only so much money and managerial time. Winning leaders invest where the payback is the highest. They cut their losses everywhere else.”

A company has only so much money and managerial time. Winning leaders invest where the payback is the highest. They cut their losses everywhere else.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If work is just going in every day and getting a check, it’s an ugly life. When you can make work a meaningful purpose, you’ve hit the jackpot for people.”

If work is just going in every day and getting a check, it’s an ugly life. When you can make work a meaningful purpose, you’ve hit the jackpot for people.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “One of the ways we’ll know that Work-Out has been successful is that my style of leadership will no longer be tolerated in this company.”

One of the ways we’ll know that Work-Out has been successful is that my style of leadership will no longer be tolerated in this company.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Our behavior is driven by a fundamental core belief: the desire, and the ability, of an organization to continuously learn from any source, anywhere; and to rapidly convert this learning into action is its ultimate competitive advantage.”

Our behavior is driven by a fundamental core belief: the desire, and the ability, of an organization to continuously learn from any source, anywhere; and to rapidly convert this learning into action is its ultimate competitive advantage.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “We’ve only been wealthy in this country for 70 years. Who said we ought to have all this? Is it ordained?”

We’ve only been wealthy in this country for 70 years. Who said we ought to have all this? Is it ordained?

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The Internet is the Viagra of big business.”

The Internet is the Viagra of big business.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “In the future, those who are not coaches will not be promoted.”

In the future, those who are not coaches will not be promoted.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Globalization has taken a hit in that there is some sand in the gears because most of us have supply chains that are all over the world that we’ve had to lengthen.”

Globalization has taken a hit in that there is some sand in the gears because most of us have supply chains that are all over the world that we’ve had to lengthen.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The binders, the charts, the grids may seem formidable, but the meetings themselves are built around informality, trust, emotion and humor.”

The binders, the charts, the grids may seem formidable, but the meetings themselves are built around informality, trust, emotion and humor.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The productivity now at universities is terrible. Tenure is a terrible idea. It keeps them around forever and they don’t have to work hard.”

The productivity now at universities is terrible. Tenure is a terrible idea. It keeps them around forever and they don’t have to work hard.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The value decade is upon us. If you can’t sell a top-quality product at the world’s lowest price, you’re going to be out of the game.”

The value decade is upon us. If you can’t sell a top-quality product at the world’s lowest price, you’re going to be out of the game.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “You are not a leader to win a popularity contest-you are a leader to lead.”

You are not a leader to win a popularity contest-you are a leader to lead.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.”

I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If you don’t have public hangings for bad culture in a company, if you don’t take people out and let them say, they went home to spend more time with the family. It’s crazy.”

If you don’t have public hangings for bad culture in a company, if you don’t take people out and let them say, they went home to spend more time with the family. It’s crazy.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Getting every employee’s mind into the game is a huge part of what a CEO job is all about. Taking everyone’s best ideas and transferring them to others is the secret. There’s nothing more important.”

Getting every employee’s mind into the game is a huge part of what a CEO job is all about. Taking everyone’s best ideas and transferring them to others is the secret. There’s nothing more important.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The idea of let’s all share the pain equally, or let’s freeze salaries altogether – it’s ass-backwards. It’s absolutely ass-backwards.”

The idea of let’s all share the pain equally, or let’s freeze salaries altogether – it’s ass-backwards. It’s absolutely ass-backwards.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “When the amount of change externally exceeds the amount of change internally, the end is in sight.”

When the amount of change externally exceeds the amount of change internally, the end is in sight.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If you’re a leader and you’re the smartest guy in the world – in the room, you’ve got real problems.”

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: “What the Commission is seeking cuts the heart out of the strategic rationale of our deal.”

What the Commission is seeking cuts the heart out of the strategic rationale of our deal.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “I actually think that the economy has got some positives. It’s got the market. It’s got consumer confidence and it’s got banks throwing – I mean central bankers throwing money at it around the world.”

I actually think that the economy has got some positives. It’s got the market. It’s got consumer confidence and it’s got banks throwing – I mean central bankers throwing money at it around the world.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Does coaching work? Yes. Good coaches provide a truly important service. They tell you the truth when no one else will.”

Does coaching work? Yes. Good coaches provide a truly important service. They tell you the truth when no one else will.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “What business could be mature when you have economies with more than 2 billion people in India, China and Southeast Asia?”

What business could be mature when you have economies with more than 2 billion people in India, China and Southeast Asia?

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “You have no right to be a leader if someone who works for you doesn’t know where they stand.”

You have no right to be a leader if someone who works for you doesn’t know where they stand.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “A strategy is something like, an innovative new product; globalization, taking your products around the world; be the low-cost producer. A strategy is something you can touch; you can motivate people with; be number one and number two in every business. You can energize people around the message.”

A strategy is something like, an innovative new product; globalization, taking your products around the world; be the low-cost producer. A strategy is something you can touch; you can motivate people with; be number one and number two in every business. You can energize people around the message.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Some people have better ideas than others; some are smarter or more experienced or more creative. But everyone should be heard and respected.”

Some people have better ideas than others; some are smarter or more experienced or more creative. But everyone should be heard and respected.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “So every time you think about your work-life balance issue, remember what your boss is thinking about – and that’s winning. Your needs may get heard – and even successfully resolved – but not if the boss’s needs aren’t met as well.”

So every time you think about your work-life balance issue, remember what your boss is thinking about – and that’s winning. Your needs may get heard – and even successfully resolved – but not if the boss’s needs aren’t met as well.

— Jack Welch



Jack Welch Quote: “GE’s businesses turned in a terrific first quarter. Our products and services are being well received in unusually robust global markets.”

GE’s businesses turned in a terrific first quarter. Our products and services are being well received in unusually robust global markets.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Out-innovating them is the way to beat China. And to do everything that we do in this country to support innovative policy, that drives innovation and new products and more jobs and creates jobs. You can’t – you can’t put a wall up around here. We tried that in the ’30s. It didn’t work.”

Out-innovating them is the way to beat China. And to do everything that we do in this country to support innovative policy, that drives innovation and new products and more jobs and creates jobs. You can’t – you can’t put a wall up around here. We tried that in the ’30s. It didn’t work.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “I don’t think environmentalists have the slightest reason to be concerned about globalization because every time you move a plant to a new place you upgrade the neighborhood. You put in global standards. You put in modern plants. And all the plants around it get improved.”

I don’t think environmentalists have the slightest reason to be concerned about globalization because every time you move a plant to a new place you upgrade the neighborhood. You put in global standards. You put in modern plants. And all the plants around it get improved.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “As a leader, your job is to energize people around the mission and vision you’ve articulated.”

As a leader, your job is to energize people around the mission and vision you’ve articulated.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “I think the move by Mr. Greenspan was welcomed by everyone here.”

I think the move by Mr. Greenspan was welcomed by everyone here.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Real change agents comprise less than 10% of all business people.”

Real change agents comprise less than 10% of all business people.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “They were making a deal for a property that clearly was a property that we wanted to own, so we had to act, and act as quickly as we could, and make the offer more attractive.”

They were making a deal for a property that clearly was a property that we wanted to own, so we had to act, and act as quickly as we could, and make the offer more attractive.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “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.”

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.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Business is a game, and as with all games, the team that puts the best people on the field and gets them playing together wins. It’s that simple.”

Business is a game, and as with all games, the team that puts the best people on the field and gets them playing together wins. It’s that simple.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The record results for the third quarter once again demonstrate the ability of GE’s diverse mix of leading global businesses to deliver top-line growth, increased margins and strong cash generation.”

The record results for the third quarter once again demonstrate the ability of GE’s diverse mix of leading global businesses to deliver top-line growth, increased margins and strong cash generation.

— Jack Welch


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