Book Review: Winning by Jack Welch

This book was recommended to me by Pastor Nathan. I enjoyed this book, although at times I thought it was a bit dry. Jack Welch has some great insights on how to create a winning organization. I really enjoyed his thoughts on differentiation, hiring, getting promoted, work/life balance, and finding the right career. For where I am in my career right now some of the chapters were over my head such as acquisitions and mergers chapter, but I’m sure I’ll be able to come back to them in years to come and have them add value to my life.

I’d recommend reading this book – especially the chapters with the concepts I’ve mentioned above. I’ll definitely be implementing a lot of those practices into my own leadership.

Final Grade: 8.5 out of 10   Buy it here

Here were some of my big takeaways:

  • I didn’t invent differentiation! I learned it on the playground when I was a kid.
  • I believe you are never “too nice” to implement the 20-70-10, only too cowardly.
  • Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself, when you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
  • As a leader, building self-confidence is probably the most important things you can do.
  • You’re not a leader to win a popularity contest – you’re a leader to lead.
  • Learn from everyone. Best case scenario – all your people will be smarter than you. It doesn’t mean you can’t lead them.
  • A winning company does not let good people walk out the door for lack of recognition, financial, or otherwise.
  • Ideally, the star will be replaced within eight hours. This sends a message that no single individual is bigger than the company.
  • When it comes to strategy, ponder less and do more.
  • It can feel very noble to say that you don’t care about being rich; it’s another thing to live with that decision over the years. Especially as mortgages and tuition start to pile up.
  • Working for some companies is like winning an Olympic medal. For the rest of your career, you are associated with great performance.
  • Every job you take is a gamble that could increase your options or shut them down.
  • The first and best way to get noticed in a company is with results
  • You can have all the work-life balance you want to if you deliver.
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