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Jack Welch with Suzy Welch

How to successfully run a company, manage people and build a career

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Winning by Jack Welch with Suzy Welch is a comprehensive guide to leadership, management, and business strategy. It offers practical advice on how to build a winning company culture, develop top-performing teams, and make smart decisions that drive growth and success.

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    Let ideas and opinions flow freely: encourage candor and give everyone a voice.

    We are all taught that in certain situations it’s polite to bend the truth: you don’t badmouth your mother’s cooking or call your best friend fat, for example. But this lack of candor becomes troublesome when it seeps into organizational culture.

    It is all too common that in business, people simply do not express themselves frankly enough. They withhold criticism and new ideas for fear of upsetting others or causing conflict. They want to seem like team players, not jerks.

    But honest and open communication carries many benefits. A frank environment allows everyone to contribute ideas as well as improve on them. When honest opinions are voiced loudly and quickly, proposals can be evaluated and, if necessary, shot down much faster.

    Likely, the majority of people at your company don't contribute their ideas or opinions, probably because they feel they can't. This is an immense waste of brainpower.

    Of course, introducing candor into an ingrained “make nice” culture is very difficult, and doing so can even hurt your career if you’re seen as a troublemaker. It certainly helps if you’re the boss, but it’s still no picnic. You must talk about candor, reward it and demonstrate it yourself.

    Ask people for their input, and help them feel comfortable giving it. At General Electric (GE), this was achieved by intermittently gathering groups of 30 to 100 employees together to discuss better ways of doing things, without their bosses present. This allowed the employees to talk anonymously and form proposals that their bosses were obliged to address – and quickly. These Work-Out sessions were so successful they became an integral part of GE’s problem-solving process.

    Let ideas and opinions flow freely: encourage candor and give everyone a voice.

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    What is Winning about?

    Winning (2005) is a collection of no-nonsense advice and original thinking on successfully running a company, managing people and building a career. It answers the toughest questions people face both in and outside their professional lives.

    Winning Review

    Winning (2005) by Jack Welch with Suzy Welch is a book that offers invaluable insights into achieving success in business and leadership. Here's why this book is a must-read:

    • With its practical strategies and no-nonsense approach, it provides readers with the tools they need to navigate the competitive world of business.
    • Backed by real-world experience and case studies, the book offers a realistic perspective on the challenges and opportunities that come with leadership.
    • Its direct and engaging writing style keeps readers hooked from start to finish, making it a compelling and anything but boring read.

    Who should read Winning?

    • CEOs, managers, team leaders, anyone in a leadership position
    • Anyone tired of fluffy, complicated management theories
    • Anyone in need of solid career advice, whether just starting out or switching jobs

    About the Author

    The name Jack Welch is synonymous with gold-standard leadership and successful corporate management. He spent forty years at General Electric (GE) and acted as CEO for the last twenty, garnering so much success he has become a living legend in the business world.

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    The main message of Winning is how to succeed and win in business and in life.

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    Who is the author of Winning?

    The authors of Winning are Jack Welch and Suzy Welch.

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