Winning by Jack Welch is a great follow-up to his book, Jack: Straight from the Gut. The concept of Winning is not to tell Jack’s story; that is what he did in the first book. The concept is to give some guidance to managers and would-be managers on how to manage, from Jack’s perspective.
The book takes a second look at Welch’s concept of Differentiation. Differentiation and the Differentiation Vitality Curve are two of the most misunderstood ideas to come on the management scene. Welch attempts to put his ideas of differentiation into a proper perspective.
Since his retirement, Welch has been giving speeches and presentations around the world attempting to answer many management questions. Welch also sits on several corporate boards and is a consultant to several organizations.
Winning is a compilation of the most asked questions Welch has run into during his talks and while consulting and sitting on corporate boards.
Winning is a direct contrast to Alfred Sloans’s book My Years with General Motors. Welch attempts to provide the “How to” whereas Sloan attempts to tell how he and his contemporaries did what they did without blowing his own horn.
This is not the type of book where one would say, “The only management book you will ever need.” It does, however, provide some basic insight into the world of management and how to move up the corporate ladder.
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