21 Exceptional Jack Welch Winning Quotes

Jack Welch is one of the best known American business executives in history. He spend the majority of his career as the CEO of General Electric, during this time he wrote the critically acclaimed book “Winning”, along with many others. Another note worthy thing is that when he retired from G.E. in 2001, he left with the largest severance pay in American history, 417 million dollars! Here are some of his best quotes.

“Change before you have to.”

“Control your own destiny or someone else will.”

“Don’t lose yourself on the way to the top.”

“Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.”

“Giving people self confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.”

“Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion.”

“If change is happening on the outside faster than on the inside the end is in sight.”

“If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, then the end is near.”

“If you are not confused, you don’t know what is going on.”

“If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.”

“If you pick the right people and give them the opportunity to spread their wings and put compensation as a carrier behind it you almost don’t have to manage them.”

“I’m the same person I was when I started.”

“It is better to act too quickly than it is to wait too long.”

“I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.”

“Leaders relentlessly upgrade their team, using every encounter as an opportunity to evaluate, coach, and build self confidence.”

“Only winners deserve trophies on the green and off.”

“Take ever opportunity to inject self confidence into those who have earned it. Use ample praise, the more specific the better.”

“The mission announces exactly where you are going, and the values describe the behaviors that will get you there.”

“The world of the 1990s and beyond will not belong to managers or those who can make the numbers dance. The world will belong to passionate, driven leaders – people who not only have
enormous amounts of energy but who can energize those whom they lead.”

“When you become a leader success is all about growing others.”

“You can look at the situation and feel victimized. Or you can look at it and be excited about conquering the challenges and opportunities it presents.”


In this wonderful video Jack Welch discusses his management style and why he feels it was and is so effective.

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