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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What nickname does the media pin on Jack?
(a) Neutron Jack.
(b) Jimmy Neutron.
(c) Jackie Neutron.
(d) Neuron Jack.

2. Which of the following is not a job held by young Jack?
(a) Shoe salesman.
(b) Theater janitor.
(c) Newspaper carrier.
(d) Mail carrier.

3. What is the one complaint that frustrates the employees who train at GE's learning center?
(a) Everyone cannot attend the training.
(b) It's too expensive to attend the training.
(c) Everything that works in training is not how it works out in the actual workplace.
(d) The breakfasts are always the same.

4. What company does Jack try to buy to increase GE's exposure?
(a) Sun Records.
(b) NPR Radio.
(c) Fox News Network.
(d) Cox Communications.

5. Who is Jack's first professional mentor at GE?
(a) Dr. Harry Drickman.
(b) Dr. Dan Fox.
(c) Lee Iacocca.
(d) Burt Coplan.

6. What is Jack's business philosophy of the 1980s?
(a) When a business is showing a loss, fix it on the surface and sell quickly.
(b) For a business to be sustainable, it must have a long-range competitive solution.
(c) Use the media to make your company look like it's doing better than it really is.
(d) For a business to be profitable, it must have a margin of 90 percent or greater.

7. What does Jack learn from GE veterans about the company's routine employee appraisals?
(a) They are used for firing people, never for promoting them.
(b) They are valuable tools in assessing job performance.
(c) They are no more than routinely written forms of false kindness.
(d) They have had the same typographical error for years.

8. Which magazine features Jacks "No. 1 or No. 2" strategy in a cover story?
(a) Newsweek.
(b) USA Today.
(c) Time.
(d) Forbes.

9. What are the 4 E's of GE leadership?
(a) Experience, Extravagance, Excellence, desire to be Elevated to a new level.
(b) High Energy, ability to Energize others, the Edge to make tough decisions, and the ability to Execute and deliver on promises.
(c) Energy to work a lot, Email skills, E-commerce skills and Experience.
(d) Edgy thinking, Extreme willingness to take risks, Easy to talk to, Everyone likes.

10. When does Jack get his first pay raise at GE?
(a) After one year.
(b) After complaining.
(c) After six months.
(d) After demanding it.

11. Jack says it is important for managers to know when...
(a) To quit and when to fire.
(b) To hold them and when to fold them.
(c) To walk away and know when to run.
(d) To hug and when to kick.

12. Why was Jack appointed CEO of the company?
(a) The retiring CEO believes Jack is the one who can most effectively help the company change and grow.
(b) Jack was the retiring CEO's nephew.
(c) Everyone else was fired after the scandal. Jack was the only one with seniority.
(d) No one else wanted the job.

13. Who instills management beliefs in Jack that include both competing and facing reality?
(a) His father.
(b) His mother.
(c) His coach.
(d) His grandfather.

14. What does Jack say his book is about?
(a) His keen leadership abilities.
(b) Buying his way to the top.
(c) Maintaining a simple approach and keeping an open mind.
(d) The wrongs he faced in corporate America.

15. Which facility does Jack want to transform into a world-class center where ideas are spread in an open environment?
(a) Crotonville.
(b) Boston.
(c) Fairfield.
(d) NYC.

Short Answer Questions

1. In which two areas of CEO duties does Jack quickly see he lacks skills?

2. Which GE business sold was the largest aerospace deal in history when it occurred in 1988?

3. Who replaces Jack as CEO of General Electric?

4. What is the response of Jack's boss when Jack complains about his first pay raise?

5. What does Jack call the phenomenon when usually strong, self-confident managers panic and lose confidence?

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