• Jack Welch prefaces the autobiography of his early years and career with GE by beginning at the end. He passes the CEO baton on to Jeff Immelt, Thanksgiving Day, 2000, and reminisces about the day in 1980 that GE Chairman Reg Jones announced him as Jones's successor.
• A Business Week story says Jack quickly learned that changing the company to become more competitive does not mean he should change the person he is. His statement gathers the support of others who also feel similar pressure and appreciate his insight.
• Jack begins his career at GE as a junior engineer with modest ambitions. He is 24 and has just graduated with his Ph.D.
• He moves up through the ranks, managing to avoid corporate bureaucracy. As he's promoted, Jack's ambitions grow.
• Jack emphasizes that this book is not a management handbook. The book emphasizes the basic ideas of maintaining a simple...
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