15 of the Best Jack Welch Quotes to Inspire Change, Leadership & Communication
“What could possibly be more important than who gets hired, developed, promoted, or moved out the door? 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.”Jack Welch
“What’s important at the grocery store is just as important in engines or medical systems. If the customer isn’t satisfied, if the stuff is getting stale, if the shelf isn’t right, or if the offerings aren’t right, it’s the same thing. You manage it like a small organization. You don’t get hung up on zeros.”Jack Welch
45 Famous Jack Welch Quotes on Strategy, Innovation, and Winning
“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
“Look, winning and losing can’t be quantified. They are states of mind, and losing happens only when you give up. Seen that way, then, the world can be filled with winners, and there is room for them all.”Jack Welch
“If you are a leader and you are a manager, shame on you if people don’t know where they stand. You have a moral obligation leading people’s lives, talking about their future, and… telling them where they stand.”Jack Welch
“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
“We’ve all been guilty at one point or another in our careers of boasting of perfect hindsight. It’s a terrible sin. If you don’t make sure your questions and concerns are acted upon, it doesn’t count.”Jack Welch
“Your people give their days (and sometimes their nights) to you. They give their hands, brains, and hearts. Sure, the company pays them. It fills their wallets. But as a leader, you need to fill their souls. You can do that by getting in their skin, by giving the work meaning, by clearing obstacles, and by demonstrating the generosity gene. And you can do it, perhaps most powerfully, by creating an environment that’s exciting and enjoyable.”Jack Welch
“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 Short Biography
Born on 19 November 1935 in Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S., John Francis Welch Jr. was one of American’s most respected albeit controversial leaders and chief executives.
He had a humble beginning in GE where he started off as a junior chemical engineer. Welsh didn’t enjoy his initial years at GE but gradually grew to enjoy his work more.
As the years go, he climbed the corporate ladder and eventually made his way to become the youngest vice president and later GE’s youngest CEO and chairman.
Under Jack Welch’s leadership, the company grew 40-fold in just two decades. However, he was notoriously known for his no-nonsense, rigid, and dynamic style of handling employees… which many fell victims to Welch’s wrath and dismissal during his reign.
- Speed, Simplicity, Self-Confidence: An Interview with Jack Welch – Harvard Business Review
- This article is more than 3 months old Jack Welch: the GE titan who embodied the flaws in modern capitalism – The Guardian
- The Jack Welch Legacy: Rank it, or Yank it? – Medium
- Jack Welch: Managerial Genius Who Made One Disastrous Mistake – Forbes
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