Winning is a leading book written by the former Chairman and the CEO of General Electric, Jack Welch. He is a successful man who has led GE to strive greater heights during his forty years of career life.
He has traveled across the globe speaking to more than 250,000 people.
Knowing how to win through honesty, candid approach and applying management principles has helped a great number of employees from new graduate hires to the most influential CEOs in the world.
It is strongly recommended by the big businessmen in the world like Bill Gates, former Chairman, Microsoft Corporation and by Warren E.Buffett, one of the richest men on earth.
The book is filled with excellent principles that can be applied in business, in management and in career leadership. Jack Welch highlights the importance of Mission and Values in a company. Why profit should not be a conflict in the manner of doing business with the customers.
One of the important little secrets in business is ‘Candor’, the quality of being open, frank and honest. The main aspects that need to be keenly inspected in a company include the leadership qualities of its employees, the hiring strategies being practiced, how well people are managed, processes involved in parting with the employees, the techniques used in change management and handling situations during career crisis.
Jack talks about how to positively win in the competition with a better strategy, budgeting, focus on the organic growth, via mergers and acquisitions and the application of Six Sigma.
He insists on to understand the nature of its competitors, characteristics of each business, distinguishing between the strengths and weakness of each competitor and making an effort to analyze the competitor’s customers.
How to incorporate best practices in the process of budgeting and in M& A are mentioned in the later chapters of the book.
It gives significant space on the ways to develop a beautiful career with the right job, getting promoted, overcoming the odds and maintaining a better work-life balance. You find your right job and you will never really work again.
Key areas that need attention in your job are people in the company, opportunities to grow, options to suit your work culture, ownership of the business and work content. There are no shortcuts on getting promotions. Having better relationships, being positive and striving towards good performance are the keys to career win.
Work-life balance is no excuse in the job. One has to utilize priority management to clearly focus on the most important things to the least important things in career life.
There has to be more communication between the employee and boss to understand the company policies that will benefit each other.
One of the interesting passages from the book is given below:
“Protecting under performers will always back-fire. The worst thing, though, is how protecting people who don’t perform hurt the people themselves”
The book is a golden guide to the aspiring people who really wish to succeed in their life both professionally as well as in family.
Good number of ideas, principles and advice that is both practical and meaningful to the common working class is available. Easy to follow, easy to practice and easy to apply