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Jack Welch Inspiration and Motivation

January 26, 2017 1 comment

jackwelchinspireWho is Jack Welch?
For 2 decades, during his time as CEO of General Electric (GE), he took it from a old, slow moving company of $14 billion to a $500 billion company that was willing to take risks. I read his book, Jack: Straight from the Gut.  If you work at a big company, it is worth reading.

 

I don’t agree with all of what Jack Welch says but here are 13 quotes that I agree with (and a quick thought about each):

  1. “An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.”
    Don’t get stagnant.  Always be learning, be agile and change to stay competitive.
  2. “Control your own destiny or someone else will.”
    Don’t get complacent.  Keep changing and stay ahead of your competition.
  3. “Change before you have to.”
    Competitors are always coming after you, so change to stay ahead.
  4. “Be candid with everyone.”
    Be genuine.  Great leaders are genuine.  (My post on Genuine Leaders)
  5. “Culture drives great results.”
    Make sure you hire by culture and instill the right culture in your employees.
  6. “One of the jobs of a manager is to instill confidence, pump confidence into your people.  And when you’ve got somebody who’s raring to go and you can smell it and feel it, give’em that shot.”
    Develop your team and keep them motivated.
  7. “Only two words matter for leaders today: truth and trust.”
    Very important.  Employees need to trust their leaders.
  8. “Big companies can’t change quickly.  Every big company’s gotta be a small company in their head.  You want the muscle of a big company, and the soul of a small company.”
    Act big but think small and be agile.
  9. “You want people to think every day about speed.”
    Install a culture of speed so the organization keeps changing.
  10. “When they trust you, you will get truth. And if you get truth, you get speed.  If you get speed, you’re going to act.  That’s how it works.”
    If employees trust leadership then they will act faster which is necessary against the competition.
  11. “You backroom is somebody else’s front room.  Backrooms by definition will never be able to attract your best.”
    Convert your backroom into someone else’s front room and insist on getting their best. (My post on Outsourcing)
  12. “Finding great people happens in all kinds of ways, and I’ve always believed everyone you meet is another interview.”
    Always be looking and connecting with individuals.  You never know where you might find a future great employee.
  13. “There has to be structure and logic so that every employee knows the rules of the game.”
    Let your employees know the priorities, the culture, and how they should perform.

Hope you enjoyed these inspirational and motivational quotes by Jack Welch.  Which one caught your attention?  Let me know.

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What Matters Now

December 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Seth Godin has gotten more than 70 people to contribute a one-page essay with a one-word title to form an ebook called What Matters Now.  I just finished reading it.  Here is the link to it and I highly recommend that everyone read this ebook:

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2009/12/what-matters-now-get-the-free-ebook.html

Some quotes from the ebook:

  • “When times are tough, vision is the first casualty.  Before conditions can improve, it is the first thing we must recover.” – Michael Hyatt
  • “Today, with so much change and uncertainty, so much pressure and new ways to do things, the middle of the road is the road to nowhere.” – William C. Taylor
  • “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” – John Wood
  • “Never stop learning. Read books. Learn from others who have done it before. Learn by doing.  Theory is nice, but nothing replaces actual experience.” – Tony Hsieh of Zappos
  • “Power comes from an ability to build your reputation, create efficient and effective networks of social relations, act and speak in ways that build influence, and from an ability to create and employ resources—things that others want
    and need.” – Jeffrey Pfeffer
  • “Harmony is a springboard. Harmony supports teamwork. And teamwork creates energy. An energy that fuels creativity.” – Jack Covert
  • “Never tell a lie. Credibility is everything for an evangelist. Tell the truth—even if it hurts. Actually, especially if it hurts.” – Guy Kawasaki
  • “The real way strong communities are built is through the compassion we extend to others. Both to those we
    know, and to those we don’t know.” – Mitch Joel
  • “I believe the thank you economy will become the norm in 2010 and beyond, and brands that fail to adjust will be left out in the cold.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • “You grow (and thrive!) by doing what excites you and what scares you everyday, not by trying to find your passion.” – Derek Sivers
  • “Don’t worry too much about getting things done. Make things happen.” – Gina Trapani
  • “Mistakes happen. How you apologize matters.” – Jason Fried

What I love about this is Seth took the time to gather acquintances to submit pages to the book.  This could be done by anyone.