33 Captivating Jeffrey R. Immelt Quotes

Jeffrey R. Immelt is an American business executive. Currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of General Electric, Immelt has a background in crisis management, acquisitions and investments. Here is a look at some of the best Jeffrey R. Immelt quotes ever recorded.

“And people is the most important part of my job. I spend one third of my time on people.”

“As one of America’s largest exporters, GE remains committed to producing more products in the United States, which is our home and largest market.”

“At the end of every week, you have to spend your time around the things that are really important: setting priorities, measuring outcomes, and rewarding them.”

“Business leaders should provide expertise in service of our country.”

“Enron and 9/11 marked the end of an era of individual freedom and the beginning of personal responsibility.”

“Every leader needs to clearly explain the top three things the organization is working on. If you can’t, then you’re not leading well.”

“Good leaders are very curious, and they spend a lot of time trying to learn things.”

“Good leaders don’t tell people what to do, they give teams capability and inspiration.”

“I grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and my parents are really right wingers. My dad watches, like, five or six hours of Fox News every day and stuff like that.”

“I have learned that nothing is certain except for the need to have strong risk management, a lot of cash, the willingness to invest even when the future is unclear, and great people.”

“I love working with customers. Sales has really influenced everything I do. It has instilled in me the important traits of operating with a sense of urgency and listening to people.”

“I think there’s a need for somewhat of a mindset change. We need to have a consistent external focus. ”

“I think this notion that it’s the population of the U.S. against the big companies is just wrong.”

“I was never afraid of failure. I realized that I was responsible for my own success and that every day offers a new beginning and I was confident in my ability to improve.”

“If the only common thread you have as an industrial company is the fact that you think you’re well managed, you can still be a pretty good company, but you’re not going to be a dominant company, a competitive company over time.”

“I’m an optimist. I’ve always believed the future is going to be better than the past.”

“In business as in life, sometimes bad things happen to good people, and sometimes good things happen to bad people. But over time, if you play long enough, everybody gets what he deserves.. good and bad.”

“It’s the sustained ability to change that really counts.”

“I’ve been seeing the change. It’s been steady. It’s been more controlled than people think. ”

“Leadership is an intense journey into yourself. You can use your own style to get anything done. It’s about being self-aware. Every morning, I look in the mirror and say, ‘I could have done three things better yesterday.’”

“Live with passion. Live with purpose.”

“Managing innovation better may be the only way out of the abyss called commodity hell.”

“People ought to invest in us because they like our company and the way they run it.”

“Really, the one thing that actually works – you know, state-run communism may not be your cup of tea, but [China's] government works.”

“Seeing people in person is a big part of how you drive any change process. You have to show people a positive view of the future and say “we can do it.”"

“Surviving a failure gives you more self-confidence. Failures are great learning tools.. but they must be kept to a minimum.”

“The best thing you can give as a leader is a reason to trust. People want to trust. They’re hungry for it. But they’re selective. They’ll only give it to a motivator, a communicator, a teacher, a real person.”

“The most important thing I’ve learned since becoming CEO is context. It’s how your company fits in with the world and how you respond to it.”

“The reason people come to work for GE, they want to be apart of something bigger than themselves, they want to work for a company that makes a difference, a company that is doing great things in the world.”

“There is no real magic to being a good leader. But at the end of every week, you have to spend your time around the things that are really important: setting priorities, measuring outcomes, and rewarding them.”

“Values can’t just be words on a page. To be effective, they must shape action.”

“Work hard with passion and courage. Life is a marathon of contribution. You really must work hard to accomplish something… Find your passion and get good at it.”

“You can’t delegate growth or customer satisfaction.”

Here is a special appearance by Jeffrey R. Immelt at the Economic Club of Washington D.C. in 2015.

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