He propagated “Finding a Better Way Every Day” as the “reason to be” at GE.
He says “We build great people, who then build great products and services”.
He defined “the four Es of GE leadership”: high energy, ability to energize others, edge to make tough decisions, ability to consistently execute and deliver on promises.
He believes in giving people the freedom, confidence and resources to “take a big swing”, and if they miss, they still get a pat for trying. If people don’t take chances, they can’t win big.
Meet Jack Welch, ex-CEO of GE.
I’m SO stealing his ideas 😛 Of course I may not apply them to my (yet-to-be) multi-billion multi-national corporation, but my life is as good a candidate and laboratory as any. I’ve certainly treated it as such.
Incidentally, if there are any others out there from planet Thinkalot, you may recognize that the good principles in life apply to every situation: work, marriage, faith, parenting, government… you get the idea. Therefore I’m also considering taking his 4 Es and adding it to my spouse-hunt criteria (which includes fair-minded, positive-thinking, religious, rational, passionate, romantic, confident, considerate, self-aware, must love Toronto and Lahore … among others). Ever heard the one where a woman says to a man “I wouldn’t marry you unless you were the last guy on earth!” Excitedly, he says, “So I have a chance!”
What can I say, I’m optimistic!