Online Edition - March 2000
-----“The GE Way Fieldbook: Jack Welch’s Battle Plan for Corporate Revolution”
------by Robert Slater----------* * * ** Five Stars
Robert Slater’s latest
volume is a truly worthy addition to the growing list of
publications in that innovative, new genre of management
writings—the fieldbook (The Fifth Discipline, The
Dance of Change, Openbook Management, etc.). It is the kind
of comprehensive, user-friendly resource needed by
today’s busy, pragmatic professionals.
Power Theof Paradox
“The less a manager
manages, the better off a company is.”
10-4, Backdoor! Put Your Pedal to the Metal and Let it Roar.
Reading “The GE Way Fieldbook” is a true pleasure. It engages you in a dialogue with yourself, your problems, your hopes and your vision. It forces you to be honest. The things you discover by completing the numerous self-assessments scattered throughout the book will fuel your efforts to create, sustain, or reinvigorate change/improvement initiatives within your organization—regardless of whether it is a public, private, for profit or nonprofit.
Two, Two, Two Books in
* The Leadership Module
Book Two: The GE Way: The CEO in the Field
* The CEO as Professor
“A solid business leader is not someone who sits at a desk and pontificates day and night about how to run the business; rather; it is someone who gets down in the trenches, listens to employees and customers, communicates effectively with them, and stays in touch with all sorts of key constituencies. In short, a leader is simply someone who builds—and is a part of a team.”
There WILL be a test!
After reading “The GE Way Fieldbook” (and you will want to read it!), you too will be able to speak fluent GE-ese. But, as Robert Slater so eloquently describes, it is much, much harder to walk the GE talk!
“The GE Way Fieldbook: Jack Welch’s Battle Plan for Corporate Revolution,” 2000, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-135481-6, 288 pages.
Reviewed by Jerry Linnins, Reflections Technology, Petaluma, Calif.