See farther by standing on the shoulders of giants


On the soulders of giants


Jack Welch advice business quotes

Jack Welch

Former legendary CEO of GE



'Change before you have to," advised Jack Welch.

Jack Welch transformed GE turned it into one of the largest and most admired companies in the world.

GE market capitalization increased 42-fold thanks to Welch's transformational change program.

  7 Point Program for Transformational Leaderfship Jack Welch - case study Articulate Your Vision Let Values Rule Eliminate Bureaucracy Work-Out Six Sigma at GE Eliminate Boundaries 25 Lessons from Jack Welch GE (case study) Behave like a small company Case Studies Strategies of World-Changing Firms Jack Welch, GE achievements transformational leadership program


Jack Welch advice business quotes

The 3s of winning in business are
Self-Confidence, Simplicity, and Speed

Jack Welch





Although Jack Welch is "the celebrated leader of a global manufacturer often noted for its technological prowess, he has utilized a very human process to drive change through GE's vast organization.


The Role of the Leader in the New Economy



25 Lessons from Jack Welch Leadership Energizing People Be a Winner Energy Results-based Leadership Jack Welch GE e-Coach 4Es of Leadership Jack Welch's 4Es of Leadership Energy Energize Edge Execution  

"The idea flow from the human spirit is absolutely unlimited. All you have to do is tap into that well," preached Jack Welch.

Having respect for the individual as a pivotal force in organizational change, Welch created a model of exceptional performance every corporate leader can learn from.



Jack Welch advice business quotes

Develop a vision. Change before you have to.

Lead more, manage less. Harness your people.

Jack Welch




Leading Change through the GE's Organization





→ Redesigning the role of the leader in the new economy: creating followers through communicating a vision, and establishing open, caring relations with every employee.


Inspirational Leader

Entrepreneurial Leader




→ Creating an open, collaborative workplace where everyone's opinion is welcome.

→ Empowering senior executives to run far-flung businesses in entrepreneurial fashion.

→ Liberating the workforce; making everybody a participant through improving vertical communication and employee empowerment.






Jack Welch advice business quotes

Leading a big company means never allowing a company to take itself too seriously.

Jack Welch







Jack Welch Quotes

The idea flow from the human spirit is absolutely unlimited. All you have to do is tap into that well.

Getting great talent, giving them all the support in the world, and letting them run is the whole management philosophy of GE.

My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.

An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.

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

Leading a big company means never allowing a company to take itself too seriously.

An overburdened, overstretched executive is the best executive, because he or she doesn't have the time to meddle, to deal in trivia, to bother people.

Change before you have to.

Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.

You can't believe how hard it is for people to be simple, how much they fear being simple... Clear tough-minded people are the most simple.

Leading a big company... means never allowing a company to take itself too seriously, and reminding itself constantly... that yesterday's press clippings often wrap today's fish.

Everything we do is aimed at either getting a customer or keeping a customer.

Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital – the world's best talents and greatest ideas.

It's [the internet] like the flu – it just spreads like crazy.

I was afraid of the internet... because I couldn't type.

The Internet is the Viagra of big business.

If GE's strategy of investment in China is wrong, it represents a loss of a billion dollars, perhaps a couple of billion dollars. If it is right, it is the future of this company for the next century.

If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it you almost don't have to manage them.

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.

The 1980s will seem like a walk in the park when compared to new global challenges, where annual productivity increases of 6% may not be enough. A combination of software, brains, and running harder will be needed to bring that percentage up to 8% or 9%.

The world will not belong to 'managers' or those who can make the numbers dance. 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 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.

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.

We bring together the best ideas turning the meetings of our top managers into intellectual orgies.

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

Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.

More About / From Jack Welch

Characteristics of a Great Corporate Leader

Understanding Strategic Issues

Creating Vision

Simplifying the Strategy

Setting Objectives

Asking Effective Questions

Redesigning Organization

Leading by Example

Leading Transformational Change

Business Innovation 

Transforming the Old Management Model

Turning Managers into Leaders

People Power

Jack Welch's Recipe for Winning Employees' Hearts and Minds

Employee Empowerment

Motivating: Combining "Rewards for the Soul" with "Rewards for the Wallet"

Attitude Motivation

Build a Star Team, Not a Team of Stars

Benchmarking Employee Performance

Harnessing the Power of Diversity

Integrated Diversity

Organizational Transformation

Building a Learning Culture

Learning Organization

Idea Management

Letting the Best Idea Win

Creativity Management

Entrepreneurial Organization

Customer Intimacy

Systemic Innovation

Creating a Diversified Company

The Four E's of Leadership

Venture Strategies



Winning Worldwide


GE Work-Out   >>  Goals  ‖  5 Targeted Dimensions of Growth




25 Lessons from Jack Welch

Articulate Your Vision    See Change as an Opportunity    Constantly Focus on Innovation

Harness Your People for Competitive Advantage

Make Everybody a Team Player

Simplify    Get Less Formal    Eliminate Bureaucracy

Behave Like a Small Company  >>  Live Speed



  1. Venture Catalyst, Donald L. Laurie

  2. The Welch Way, Jeffrey A. Krames

  3. Jack Welch and the GE Way, Robert Slater

  4. "Strategies for Leading Breakthroughs," Ted Santos

  5. "Winning," Jack Welch and Suzy Welch

  6. "Jack Welch on Leadership," Robert Slater

  7. "Jack Welch and The 4 E's of Leadership," Jeffrey A. Krames

  8. "Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will", Noel M. Tichy and Stratford Sherman