How Welch Run Ge

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|A Close-up Look at How America's #1 Manager Runs GE |
|Whisked by chopper from New York City, Jack Welch arrives early at the (GE) training center at Croton-on-Hudson. He scoots down to The |
|Pit--the well of a bright, multitiered lecture hall--peels off his blue suit jacket, and drapes it over one of the swivel seats. |
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|This is face-to-face with Jack, not so much as the celebrated chairman and chief executive of GE, the company he has made the most valuable|
|in the world, but rather as Professor Welch, coach and teacher to 71 high-potential managers attending a three-week development course. |
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|The class sits transfixed as Welch's laser-blue eyes scan the auditorium. He hardly appears professorial. With his squat, muscular, |
|five-foot, eight-inch frame, pasty complexion, and Boston accent, the 62-year-old balding man looks and sounds more like the guy behind the|
|wheel of a bus on Beacon Hill. And he isn't there to deliver a monologue to a polite group. For nearly four hours, he listens, lectures, |
|cajoles, and questions. The managers push right back, too. They grouse that despite the rhetoric about managing for the long term at GE, |
|they are under too much pressure to produce short-term results. They say that for all the Welch talk about ''sharing best practices'' and |
|''boundaryless behavior,'' they are…...

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