The Welch Way: 24 Lessons From the World’s Greatest CEO–quick book summary

Posted on September 11, 2008. Filed under: -- Book Summaries | Tags: , , , , , , , |

 I was a Leadership & Change Management Major in college so I’m a huge fan of Jack Welch. I’m also from New England, and a huge fan of the Red Sox and Fenway Park like Jack Welch is. Even though we’re both from the Northeast, his accent is waay heavier than mine because I am from Vermont and he is from Massachusetts (the Romney, Kerry & Kennedy state).

Anyhow, I recently sat down and burned through his great, fast read THE WELCH WAY, where he shares 24 great lessons from his experience as CEO at GE. I highly recommend the book and think that it’s a great read, and guess what? It’s less than 120 pages so there’s sort of no excuse for not reading it =)

Here’s a quick overview of what the 24 Lessons are in case the suspense is killing you.


1. Lead

2. Get Less Formal

3. Blow Up Bureaucracy

4. Face Reality

5. Simplify

6. See Change As An Opportunity

7. Defy Tradition

8. Make Intellect Rule

9. Pounce Every Day

10. Put Values First

11. Manage Less

12. Involve Everyone

13. Rewrite Your Agenda

14. Live Speed

15. Instill Confidence

16. Set Stretch Goals

17. Eliminate Boundaries

18. Articulate a Vision

19. Get Good Ideas From Everywhere

20. Spark Others To Perform 

21. Quality is Your Job

22. Change Never Ends

23. Have Fun

24. Lead By Energizing Others

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