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Jack Welch Quote: “Getting candor right – with your reports, your peers, and your boss – is a skill that can make or break your career.”

Getting candor right – with your reports, your peers, and your boss – is a skill that can make or break your career.

— 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: “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: “Differentiation favors people who are energetic and extroverted and undervalues people who are shy and introverted, even if they are talented.”

Differentiation favors people who are energetic and extroverted and undervalues people who are shy and introverted, even if they are talented.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “When you are a leader, your job is to have all the questions. You have to be incredibly comfortable looking like the dumbest person in the room. Every conversation you have about a decision, a proposal, or a piece of market information has to be filled with you saying, “What if?” and “Why not?” and “How come?”

When you are a leader, your job is to have all the questions. You have to be incredibly comfortable looking like the dumbest person in the room. Every conversation you have about a decision, a proposal, or a piece of market information has to be filled with you saying, “What if?” and “Why not?” and “How come?

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “When you are an individual contributor, you try to have all the answers. That’s your job – to be an expert, the best at what you do, maybe even the smartest person in the room. When you are a leader, your job is to have all the questions. You have to be incredibly comfortable looking like the dumbest person in the room. Every conversation you have about a decision, a proposal, or a piece of market information has to be filled with you saying, “What if?” and “Why not?” and “How come?”

When you are an individual contributor, you try to have all the answers. That’s your job – to be an expert, the best at what you do, maybe even the smartest person in the room. When you are a leader, your job is to have all the questions. You have to be incredibly comfortable looking like the dumbest person in the room. Every conversation you have about a decision, a proposal, or a piece of market information has to be filled with you saying, “What if?” and “Why not?” and “How come?

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Life is too short to spend every day doing something you don’t love.”

Life is too short to spend every day doing something you don’t love.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Underneath, you would surely see that the best care passionately about their people – about their growth and success. And you would see that they themselves are comfortable in their own skins. They’re real, filled with candor and integrity, optimism and humanity.”

Underneath, you would surely see that the best care passionately about their people – about their growth and success. And you would see that they themselves are comfortable in their own skins. They’re real, filled with candor and integrity, optimism and humanity.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”

If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Companies win when their managers make a clear and meaningful distinction between top- and bottom-performing businesses and people, when they cultivate the strong and cull the weak. Companies suffer when every business and person is treated equally and bets are sprinkled all around like rain on the ocean.”

Companies win when their managers make a clear and meaningful distinction between top- and bottom-performing businesses and people, when they cultivate the strong and cull the weak. Companies suffer when every business and person is treated equally and bets are sprinkled all around like rain on the ocean.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Indeed, the biggest winners in the world are those who answer yes to the question, “Am I living the life I choose?”

Indeed, the biggest winners in the world are those who answer yes to the question, “Am I living the life I choose?

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “When launching something new, you have to go for it – “playing not to lose” can never be an option.”

When launching something new, you have to go for it – “playing not to lose” can never be an option.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “You can look at the situation and feel victimized. Or you can look at it and be excited about conquering the challenges and opportunities it presents.”

You can look at the situation and feel victimized. Or you can look at it and be excited about conquering the challenges and opportunities it presents.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “People development should be a daily event, integrated into every aspect of your regular goings-on.”

People development should be a daily event, integrated into every aspect of your regular goings-on.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “When you own your choices, you own their consequences.”

When you own your choices, you own their consequences.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Effective people know when to stop assessing and make a tough call, even without total information. Little is worse than a manager who can’t cut bait.”

Effective people know when to stop assessing and make a tough call, even without total information. Little is worse than a manager who can’t cut bait.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Tell them to grab on to the career that engages their brain and heart and soul and gives them meaning. Tell them that eventually, the money will come, and if it doesn’t, in time, they will find themselves rich with something money can’t buy. And that, obviously, would be happiness.”

Tell them to grab on to the career that engages their brain and heart and soul and gives them meaning. Tell them that eventually, the money will come, and if it doesn’t, in time, they will find themselves rich with something money can’t buy. And that, obviously, would be happiness.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The third way is less common and certainly less of a layup – a culture of integrity, meaning a culture of honesty, transparency, fairness, and strict adherence to rules and regulations. In such cultures, there can be no head fakes or winks. People who break the rules do not leave the company for “personal reasons” or to “spend more time with their families.” They are hanged – publicly – and the reasons are made painfully clear to everyone.”

The third way is less common and certainly less of a layup – a culture of integrity, meaning a culture of honesty, transparency, fairness, and strict adherence to rules and regulations. In such cultures, there can be no head fakes or winks. People who break the rules do not leave the company for “personal reasons” or to “spend more time with their families.” They are hanged – publicly – and the reasons are made painfully clear to everyone.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “The mission announces exactly where you are going, and the values describe the behaviors that will get you there.”

The mission announces exactly where you are going, and the values describe the behaviors that will get you there.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “At the end of the day, effective mission statements balance the possible and the impossible. They give people a clear sense of the direction to profitability and the inspiration to feel they are part of something big and important.”

At the end of the day, effective mission statements balance the possible and the impossible. They give people a clear sense of the direction to profitability and the inspiration to feel they are part of something big and important.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “There are no finite answers to many questions. What really counted was your thought process.”

There are no finite answers to many questions. What really counted was your thought process.

— Jack Welch


Jack Welch Quote: “Trust is enormously powerful in a corporation. People won’t do their best unless they believe they’ll be treated fairly. The only way I know how to create that kind of trust is by laying out your values and then walking the talk. You’ve got to do what you say you’ll do, consistently, over time.”

Trust is enormously powerful in a corporation. People won’t do their best unless they believe they’ll be treated fairly. The only way I know how to create that kind of trust is by laying out your values and then walking the talk. You’ve got to do what you say you’ll do, consistently, over time.

— Jack Welch

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