Thoughts of our great leaders.

Jack Welsh

Jack Welsh

Today’s post is a short, fun read.  Jack Welsh, as the CEO of General Electric is one of my favorite leaders.  He simply got it right.  Here are some of his musings.  Please enjoy.

Change before you have to.

Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.

An organization’s ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.

Control your own destiny or someone else will.

Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.

You’ve got to be rigorous in your appraisal system. The biggest cowards are managers who don’t let people know where they stand.

If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.

Be candid with everyone.

You’ve got to eat while you dream. You’ve got to deliver on short-range commitments, while you develop a long-range strategy and vision and implement it. The success of doing both. Walking and chewing gum if you will. Getting it done in the short-range, and delivering a long-range plan, and executing on that.

Don’t manage – lead change before you have to.

The team with the best players wins.

Your test as a leader is to deal with whatever hand you’ve been dealt.

People have to lead.  They’ve got to know how to build great teams.  They’ve got to know how to give a candid appraisal.  They’ve got to know how to communicate.

A leader focuses on shaping tomorrow.  There is little or nothing you can do about yesterday.  Learn from it but don’t waste a moment on it.  Get on with tomorrow.

A little fear never hurt.


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