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Jack Welch quotes (24)

An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.
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Be candid with everyone.
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Change before you have to.
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Control your own destiny or someone else will.
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Don't manage - lead change before you have to.
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Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.
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Give me a highly successful unionized industry.
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Giving people self-confidence is by far the most important thing that I can do. Because then they will act.
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Globalization has changed us into a company that searches the world, not just to sell or to source, but to find intellectual capital - the world's best talents and greatest ideas.
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I was afraid of the internet... because I couldn't type.
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I've learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.
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If GE's strategy of investment in China is wrong, it represents a loss of a billion dollars, perhaps a couple of billion dollars. If it is right, it is the future of this company for the next century.
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If you don't have a competitive advantage, don't compete.
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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.
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My main job was developing talent. I was a gardener providing water and other nourishment to our top 750 people. Of course, I had to pull out some weeds, too.
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Number one, cash is king... number two, communicate... number three, buy or bury the competition.
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Strong managers who make tough decisions to cut jobs provide the only true job security in today's world. Weak managers are the problem. Weak managers destroy jobs.
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The 1980s will seem like a walk in the park when compared to new global challenges, where annual productivity increases of 6% may not be enough. A combination of software, brains, and running harder will be needed to bring that percentage up to 8% or 9%.
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The essence of competitiveness is liberated when we make people believe that what they think and do is important - and then get out of their way while they do it.
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The Internet is the Viagra of big business.
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The team with the best players wins.
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We bring together the best ideas - turning the meetings of our top managers into intellectual orgies.
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We've only been wealthy in this country for 70 years. Who said we ought to have all this? Is it ordained?
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Willingness to change is a strength, even if it means plunging part of the company into total confusion for a while.
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