25 Lessons from Jack Welch GE (case study) Energizing Employees 12 Leadership Roles Vision, Mission, Goals Employee Empowerment Reward System Team Culture Efficiency Improvement Leading by Example Employee Empowerment Attitude Motivation Case Studies The Power of Passion Corporate Leader Energizing Employees (Lessons from Jack Welch)

       

 

Jack Welch's goal was to make GE "the world's most competitive enterprise." He knew that the current business environment requires an energized, energizing leader: "You've got to be live action all day. And you've got to be able to energize others. Your cannot be this thoughtful, in-the-corner-office guru. You cannot be a moderate, balanced, thoughtful, careful articulator of policy. You've got to be on the lunatic fringe."

   

 

Jack Welch's 5 Strategic Questions

Live action all day
The current business environment requires an energized, energizing leader. "You've got to be live action all day. And you've got to be able to energize others. Your cannot be this thoughtful, in-the-corner-office guru. You cannot be a moderate, balanced, thoughtful, careful articulator of policy. You've got to be on the lunatic fringe."

Allow employees more freedom
Genuine leadership comes from the quality of
your vision and your ability to spark others to extraordinary performance. Getting employees excited about their work is the key to being a great business leader.

Give employees more responsibility
"We now know where productivity ‒ real and limitless productivity ‒ comes from. It comes from challenged, empowered, excited, rewarded teams of people."

Put Values First

Never lead by intimidation
That was the old way to run a business. Inspire others to want to perform instead.

Acknowledge contribution
Let people know how their efforts are helping your organization. The people who help you perform your job would be more motivated if they knew the bigger picture, how their efforts help the organization to achieve its goals, and that you truly appreciate their efforts.

Send handwritten thank-you notes
Send handwritten thank-you notes to colleagues, partners, and customers. Few take the time to do it, so it almost always has an impact.

  3Ss of Winning in Business

Welch urged everybody to stretch. Stretch targets energize.  "We have found that by reaching for what appears to be the impossible, we often actually do the impossible; and even when we don't quite make it, we inevitably wind up doing much better than we would have done."... More