The GE Way Fieldbook: Jack Welch's Battle Plan for Corporate Revolution

Robert Slater



"If management is an art, then surely Jack Welch has proved himself a master painter."

- BusinessWeek

Boardroom legend Jack Welch is widely regarded as one of the most effective CEOs in business history. Welch’s groundbreaking programs―including Six Sigma and Work-Out―along with his numerous strategies on business leadership have helped transform GE into the global benchmark for maximized productivity and labor efficiency.

Now, The GE Way Fieldbook explains how you can implement the same programs that helped turn GE into a $100 billion juggernaut. Drawing from his unprecedented access to GE’s top-level corridors of power―including a never-before-published full-length interview with Jack Welch―veteran business author Robert Slater packs innovative strategies, easy-to-use diagnostic exercises, detailed questionnaires, and more into the most hands-on, applications-oriented book ever written on General Electric. Only in The GE Way Fieldbook will you find:

"The Boca Raton Speeches"―Never-before-seen excerpts taken from Jack Welch’s internal speeches to GE employees

More than 100 exercises, overheads, and exhibits from the files of Jack Welch and GE

The most complete treatment of GE’s Six Sigma program ever published

Step-by-step action plans that are blueprints for implementing Six Sigma and Work-Out―and creating the boundaryless organization

The fieldbook has become one of today’s most popular, effective teaching tools―but never before has one focused on the inner workings and strategies of a specific company. The GE Way Fieldbook gives you an inside look at the stunningly successful Jack Welch era at GE, provides the techniques and tools you need to focus every worker in your organization on progress and growth, and outlines a strategic roadmap for implementing GE’s business practices―and removing the boundaries to success―within your own organization.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Leadership by Example: Jack Welch's leadership style emphasizes leading by example. He advocated for setting high standards, being hands-on, and fostering a culture of accountability and performance.

  2. Focus on Continuous Improvement: Welch's approach involved a constant drive for improvement. He promoted a culture of continuous learning, innovation, and change within the organization.

  3. Clear Vision and Strategy: Establishing a clear vision for the company and aligning strategies to achieve long-term objectives were crucial aspects of Welch's management approach.

  4. Candid Communication: Emphasizing open, honest, and direct communication across all levels of the organization to foster transparency, trust, and collaboration.

  5. Performance Evaluation and Accountability: Implementing rigorous performance evaluations to identify top performers and weed out underperformers, promoting a meritocratic culture.

  6. Focus on Core Competencies: Welch encouraged focusing on the company's core competencies and divesting from businesses or operations that didn't align with these strengths.

  7. Globalization and Market Expansion: GE under Welch expanded its global presence, entering new markets and diversifying its portfolio to capitalize on international opportunities.

  8. Efficiency and Cost Management: Implementing cost-cutting measures and improving operational efficiency to drive profitability and sustain growth.

  9. Empowerment and Decentralization: Empowering employees by decentralizing decision-making, allowing for quicker responses to market changes and promoting innovation at all levels.

  10. Adaptability and Change Management: Encouraging adaptability and flexibility in the face of rapid changes in technology, markets, and business landscapes.

Language English
ISBN-10 9780071354813
ISBN-13 9780071354813
No of pages 288
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher McGraw-Hill Education
Published Date 16 Dec 1999

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