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Jacked up: the inside story of how Jack Welch talked GE into becoming the world's greatest company

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Bill Lane was Jack Welch's speechwriter for 20 years. In the first book by a GE insider, Lane shows that the real secret to Welch's immense success as a leader was Welch's ability as a master communicator. Welch launched a communications revolution that took GE from a ponderous supertanker of a company, to what Welch called a high speed “cigarette boat” capable of radical moves and rapid learning from the best institutions in the world.

Jacked Up gives you a front row seat to Welch's twenty-year campaign to transform GE. Lane's first-hand, fly-on-the-wall account reveals some of Welch's most vivid and exciting moments, including:

  • An analyst’s presentation in Florida, where Welch’s angry remarks ignited GE’s stock growth
  • A packed GE classroom at Crotonville, N.Y., when Welch and Bob Nardelli decided to stop construction on a multimilliondollar investment based on a class presentation
  • Welch’s frank—and hilarious—explanation for financial services superstar Gary Wendt’s departure from GE
  • Meetings with his top advisors, where Welch dissed dullpresenters and lavished kudos on articulate managers

You'll learn Jack's simple, often brutally enforced guidelines for “making a great pitch”, and how Welch practiced them himself in his memorable appearances before employees, financial analysts and customers--and his zero-tolerance of BS. You'll witness laugh-out-loud-funny cameo appearances from boldface names like Southwest Airlines Herb Kelleher, Don Imus, Jack's ex-wife Jane Welch, Conan O'Brian, and “Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog”. And you'll understand exactly how every leader can master the art of communication, to teach and inspire, shock and provoke, all at the same time.

This is Jack at his out-and-out best. This is the only book a leader or aspiring leader will ever need on effective communications.

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table_of_contents Torched by an a-hole -- Retiring but not shy -- Reflections of a pimp -- Bore wars : Chet Lang and the big bang -- Death of a pitchman -- I can't deal with this anymore -- Mike's big day -- Crotonville high -- Prior planning prevents piss-poor performance -- Fred's bad day -- Triumphs, train wrecks, coronations, and Jack's biggest miss -- You're going nowhere at GE unless... -- How to succeed in business by really trying -- Love, or hate, at first sight -- The view from the bowling alley -- The bogus Boca presentation -- Died and went to headquarters -- Selling hats to each other -- The Russians are coming -- Hectoring the hobbit -- Movin' on, sideways -- Death to strategic planning -- Blubbering on the stand -- From grunt to flunky -- The marionette meister -- Jacking up the commo -- Don't dive, swim! -- Restuffing guts -- Gentle meddling -- Called on the carpet -- More change via negative reviews -- Takes one to know one -- Dead man talking -- "Stop construction today" -- Every biopsy doesn't have to come back positive -- I'm okay ; you're an a-hole -- Bulletproofing the love-in -- Death by presentation at NBC -- Peeing on the Kidder body -- A shout from the bathroom -- The Wright stuff (righted) -- Diversity is -- Fly ball at the Pierre -- Black clouds lift the stock -- The chairman and the strawman -- Don't screw this up -- Don't care about it? Don't do it! -- The 110 percent solution and Jack's perks -- Wanna drink lunch with us? -- The firing squad -- Why Gary Wendt -- Lack of care packages -- Seinfeld in Fairfield : the yogurt incident -- Order and logic out of chaos -- Doin' time -- Better than the best -- Herb smokes Jack : Warren lurks in his nightmare -- The Welch work ethic -- The fist through the drapes -- Crotonville turkey shoot -- A pad in front of you -- If your wife thinks it's boring, it's boring -- Danger : flying carrot fragments -- Ringo's rule -- The perfect annual report -- "Not a pennyworth of difference" -- Bore wars continue... -- Lloyd's law : a learning company -- The bore test. Are you relevant? -- Larry leaves. Lane grieves. (on the way to the bank) -- The inevitable (but very short) golf section -- Tough Jack to follow -- Know your potential enemy -- Out of the gate and serious -- Tell me a story -- The dogs are your friends -- What you face if you're black, Asian, or a Woman -- Ten minutes! No more! -- PowerPoint is the enemy. Never surrender -- On being a leader rather than a projector operator -- Do it all in five charts -- At the end of the day -- Love story.
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