I've been reading a lot of really awful business books these days, so Winning was a good break from disappointment.
Jack Welch, as most of you know, ran GE (General Electric) for a lot of years -- and ran it very well. Jack is an old guy who knows what he's talking about. He learned from experience and from some of the best tutors in the world.
Jack is a straight shooter. The book is a distillation of decades of practical business wisdom. There is no spin in this tome, just solid advice on how to manage your career and your business.
The book is a bit too focused on working in large organizations, but that's Jack's background. Even with that though, there is plenty of content for small business entrepreneurs.
Overall, I wish I had read this book when I was 18. It might have saved me from learning a few lessons the hard way.
Getting ready with few nights and the Winning on mind... Thanks
He is an interesting read, not sure I subscribe to a couple of his theories -
Surely there are better ways to do this!
- play your top 2 succession candidates off against each other and get rid of the loser
- Drop the bottom 10% performers from your workforce
The larger a company becomes, the harder it is to motivate people. Although no one likes it, fear is still the best motivator in big business. Fear creates competition to be the best.
You see this type of competition in sports. If you are in the bottom 10%, no one will renew your contract. Perfomance is all that matters.
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -- Benjamin Franklin
Will, it would be cool if you would recommend more books like this that you wish you read when you were 18, if there are more.
For example, this was a business book so I put the review in the Business forum. I'm reading a couple of books on community building and I'll review them in the Community Building forum.
If I review some of the fiction I've read recently, I'll post that to General Chat.