Author: Jack Welch
First Published: 2005
Page Count: 480
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Winning is the perfect book for anyone looking to take the initial plunge into the area of literature related to business.
*Easy to Understand *Interesting Anecdotes
*Disagree with Some Sections
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Jack Welch was the CEO of General Electric and has forty years under his belt with the company. Over the years, Welch has been asked numerous business related questions because of his successful management style and business know-how. Winning brings together the most important questions and gives the reader a great business book that goes over everything from work-life balance to crisis management.
I wish when I had started reading books about business I had started with this book. It is incredibly easy to understand which means that it will be easier to recall Welch’s advice in the future. The author’s voice is very relatable and his examples and advice are straight forward and concise. The book also doesn’t come off like a text-book but more of a casual Q&A with the author which keeps it interesting. Welch’s anecdotal stories are interesting and perfect examples to prove each point of the chapter.
This book is a quick read because the stories and advice are so easy to absorb. However, in some instances I found that I didn’t agree with all of his advice, even though these instances were few and far between. A lot of the advice that I was at odds with seemed to be a product of the fact that Welch and I are from two different generations of the American work force. He is very much of the mind-set that your entire life should only revolve around work and, as a result, he wasn’t very sympathetic to the plight of working mother’s. He definitely acknowledges that balancing the pressures of work and life outside of work are a challenge, but I got the feeling he looked at these people who don’t completely dedicate themselves to work because they have kids, etc, as second class workers who are less likely to rise up except in certain cases. With the cost of living being so high in many places, most families need two incomes to survive which means work-life balance and how people work is changing dramatically from when he used to work for GE. Some of his thinking might already be dated but only the future will tell.
I highly suggests beginners in the world of business literature pick up this book first. It isn’t dry like most business books can come across and it covers a wide range of topics. Each chapter is thorough and Welch gives clear direction about how to take on each topic he presents in the book. I’ll definitely have to look into his other books, because he seems to have a wealth of knowledge that go beyond what can be captured in one book.