Jack Welch Quotes

“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“Control Your Own Destiny or Someone Else Will”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“When you were made a leader you weren’t given a crown, you were given the responsibility to bring out the best in others.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“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.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“Change before you have to.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“The final relationship that cannot be ignored is with disrupters:

They are individuals who cause trouble for sport – inciting opposition
to management for a variety of reasons, most of them petty.

Usually these people have good performance – that’s their cover – and so
they are endured or appeased.

A company that manages people well takes disrupters head-on.

First they give them very tough evaluations, naming their bad behaviour
and demanding it change.

Usually it won’t. Disrupters are a personality type.
If that’s the case, get them out of the way of people trying to do their
jobs.

They’re poison.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“If you are not confused, you don´t know what is going on.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“Common mission trap for companies: trying to be all things to all people at all times.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“You can look at the situation and feel victimized. Or you can look at it and be excited about conquering the challenges and opportunities it presents.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“It is better to act too quickly than it is to wait too long.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“When you become a leader success is all about growing others.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“Control your own Destiny or somebody else will”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“Don’t lose youself on the way to the top.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“Take every opportunity to inject self-confidence into those who have earned it. Use ample praise, the more specific the better.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“When launching something new, you have to go for it—“playing not to lose” can never be an option.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“The mission announces exactly where you are going, and the values describe the behaviors that will get you there.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“No vision is worth the paper it’s printed on unless it is communicated constantly and reinforced with rewards.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“Effective people know when to stop assessing and make a tough call, even without total information. Little is worse than a manager who can’t cut bait.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“When you own your choices, you own their consequences.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“Face reality as it is, not as it was, or as you wish it to be.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“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

 

 

“IT’S SAID that you can only live life forward and understand it backward.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“Differentiation favors people who are energetic and extroverted and undervalues people who are shy and introverted, even if they are talented.”
― 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

 

“The third way is less common and certainly less of a layup—a culture of integrity, meaning a culture of honesty, transparency, fairness, and strict adherence to rules and regulations. In such cultures, there can be no head fakes or winks. People who break the rules do not leave the company for “personal reasons” or to “spend more time with their families.” They are hanged—publicly—and the reasons are made painfully clear to everyone.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“the only career worth pursuing is the one that turns your crank.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“There are no finite answers to many questions. What really counted was your thought process.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“Life is too short to spend every day doing something you don’t love.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“Leaders relentlessly upgrade their team, using every encounter as an opportunity to evaluate, coach, and build self-confidence.”
― Jack Welch

 

“RULE 2. Leaders make sure people not only see the vision, they live and breathe it.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“In my experience, an effective mission statement basically answers one question: How do we intend to win in this business?”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“Indeed, the biggest winners in the world are those who answer yes to the question, “Am I living the life I choose?”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“Change before you have to”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“as Google CEO Larry Page put it in his 2014 TED talk: “The main thing that has caused companies to fail, in my view, is that they missed the future.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“If a job doesn’t excite you on some level—just because of the stuff of it—don’t settle.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“People development should be a daily event, integrated into every aspect of your regular goings-on.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“Tell them to grab on to the career that engages their brain and heart and soul and gives them meaning. Tell them that eventually, the money will come, and if it doesn’t, in time, they will find themselves rich with something money can’t buy. And that, obviously, would be happiness.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“When you are an individual contributor, you try to have all the answers. That’s your job—to be an expert, the best at what you do, maybe even the smartest person in the room. 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

 

 

“learning is truly a value, growth for every employee is a real objective, mistakes aren’t always fatal, and there are lots of people around whom you can reach out to for coaching and mentoring.”
― 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

 

 

“What is trust? I could give you a dictionary definition, but you know it when you feel it. Trust happens when leaders are transparent, candid, and keep their word. It’s that simple. Your people should always know where they stand in terms of their performance. They have to know how the business is doing. And sometimes the news is not good—such as imminent layoffs—and any normal person would rather avoid delivering it. But you have to fight the impulse to pad or diminish hard messages or you’ll pay with your team’s confidence and energy.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“You cannot go global on the phone or online,”
― Jack Welch

 

 

“In real life, strategy is actually very straightforward. You pick a general direction and implement it like a hell.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“The boss would be present at the beginning of each session, laying out the rationale for the Work-Out. He or she would also commit to two things: to give an on-the-spot yes or no to 75 percent of the recommendations that came out of the session, and to resolve the remaining 25 percent within thirty days. The boss would then disappear until the end of the session, so as not to stifle open discussion, returning only at the end to make good on his or her promise.*”
― Jack Welch, Winning

 

 

“leadership, very simply, is about two things:
1. Truth and trust.
2. Ceaselessly seeking the former, relentlessly building the latter.”
― Jack Welch

 

 

 

“Companies win when their managers make a clear and meaningful distinction between top- and bottom-performing businesses and people, when they cultivate the strong and cull the weak. Companies suffer when every business and person is treated equally and bets are sprinkled all around like rain on the ocean.”
― Jack Welch

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