Weekends are time when things slow down a little. Your weekend shouldn’t be two more regular workdays. That’s a sure road to burnout. Take time to refresh yourself. Take time for something different. Take time for some of that reading you can’t find time for during the week.
Here are choice articles on hot leadership topics culled from the business schools, the business press and major consulting firms. This week there are articles about the life, career, and impact of Jack Welch.
“Jack Welch, who led General Electric through two decades of extraordinary corporate prosperity and became the most influential business manager of his generation, has died. He was 84.”
When Jack Welch retired, I wrote the following in an opinion piece. “Right now, he looks like a good bet for the CEO hall of fame. But it’s still early. You can’t really judge a CEO’s effectiveness on the day the CEO steps down. You have to wait five or ten years and see if there’s a real impact on competitive advantage and profitability.” Well, it’s been more like twenty years. Let’s see what folks have to say.
From Roland Berger: GE’s legendary CEO Jack Welch on people management in our Think:Act Magazine in 2013
“During his tenure at General Electric, the company’s value rose 4,000 percent. Former GE CEO Jack Welch, one of the most admired and controversial managers of his generation, spoke with Think:Act Magazine in 2013 about leadership and the American and European economies.”
“Jack Welch was an extraordinarily successful CEO, who in two decades made GE—a legacy company if ever there was one—the most valuable company on Earth, and then lived long enough to see it all fall apart. When Welch stepped down, GE was the envy of the business world and had a reputation for training superb managers and being a giant with the agility of a ballerina. By the time Welch died, the company had become a stunning symbol of gargantuan strategic mistakes and executive incompetence.”
“Jack Welch, who died Sunday, became chief executive of General Electric in 1981 — barely three months after Ronald Reagan took the oath of office. Like the former president, the former CEO is one of the people responsible for the way we live now. I do not mean that as a compliment in any way.”
“There are well-known people who are vilified during their careers only to seem heroic in retrospect. And then there are others who are lionized in their prime, and only later do we realize how harmful their actions truly were. So it is with Jack Welch, who died on Sunday at the age of 84. I know we’re not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but his effect on American capitalism was too profound — and too destructive — to go unmentioned.”
“In good ways and bad”
In Their Time: The Greatest Business Leaders Of The Twentieth Century by Anthony J. Mayo and Nitin Nohria
Jack: Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch with John Byrne
Winning by Jack Welch with Suzy Welch
Winning: The Answers: Confronting 74 of the Toughest Questions in Business Today by Jack Welch and Suzy Welch
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