Jack Welch

Jack Welch Management Institute Founder

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How Do You Come up With Your Best Ideas?

And the best ideas I generally have come out of listening to other people's ideas being batted around. Being in the middle of a meeting where there's a food fight going on about ideas, generating…

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How Do You Give a Great Presentation?

When I gave speeches at GE, I would never have any typed-out speech, I'd have bullet points. Because I'm not a particularly articulate guy. So what I wanted to do was show what I thought…

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What Are You Bad At?

Oh, I'm a lousy time manager. I go to where the action is. So I'll come in in the morning, and I'll have some plans to do certain things, and then a fire drill will…

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What Would You Do All Over Again?

The exact same thing. Because how else can you think of a guy that had nothing, get lucky enough and end up in an electric company with a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, be there 20 years…

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What Is Your Must-Ask Job Interview Question?

Tell me about your last job. Now if they tell you about their last job and they start going off about what a jackass the boss was, how cheap company was, know six months down…

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What’s the Most Surprising Thing About Being a CEO?

Jack Welch: A CEO has the right, I guess, if you take it, to jump into fire drills and create all kinds of excitement around them. You get the best people involved in them, you…

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What Is the Most Important Soft Skill for a Manager?

Empathy. You really got to feel people, you got to feel them. You have got to care about them., you got to try and coach them. You got to love them. And then when they…

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How Do You Make Meetings More Effective?

If you have a meeting and somebody's there that can't contribute or won't contribute, don't have them in the meeting. So you go to the table, and you get every single mind engaged. That person…

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When Is It Okay to Yell at Someone?

Probably never, but it will happen, and when it does happen, a public apology, not a private one, is what you have to do.

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What Is the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

Be yourself. I went to my first board meeting, I sat next to the Chairman of Coke who was on the board. I wore my best white shirt, my striped tie, my blue suit, I…

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"Became GE CEO at the age of 45"

Jack Welch is one of the world's most respected and celebrated CEOs, known for his unmatched track record of success, enormous love of people, fierce passion for winning, and unbridled desire to change the world for the better using his unique management practices.

Working closely with an outstanding faculty, Jack Welch is engaged in every aspect of the Jack Welch Management Institute. As Executive Chairman, he appears in regular videos about current business events, hosts live video conferences, interacts with students via email, and is deeply involved in the development of the program's curriculum.

Born to a working class family in Salem, Massachusetts, Jack attended the University of Massachusetts, and received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He joined GE at age 24, worked his way up through many divisions, and was named its CEO in 1981 at the age of 45. In his 21 years as CEO, Jack transformed GE into the world's most admired and successful company with his innovative management techniques. Revenues grew five-fold, from $25 billion to $130 billion, income grew ten-fold, from $1.5 billion to $15 billion, and the company's market capitalization had a 30-fold increase of more than $400 billion. His achievements are considered epic, and, as a result, thousands of companies around the world have adopted the Welch Way.

After retiring from GE in 2001, Jack Welch has only become more active in business. He has written three best-selling business books, Jack: Straight from the Gut, Winning and The Real-Life MBA. He actively participates in managing numerous companies as part of a private equity group, and for four years wrote an immensely popular weekly column for Businessweek magazine. He is a fixture on TV as a popular business commentator.

Jack Welch has always been defined by his zealous love of teaching and commitment to building leaders. At GE, he created the world's best corporate training center and regularly taught there himself. More recently, he taught a popular course as a visiting professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, and he regularly teaches seminars to CEOs and senior executives around the world.