April 8, 2005

News & Opinion: WSJ compares Winning to oatmeal

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 3:18 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Here is the two opening paragraphs to The Wall Street Journal's review [sub. needed] of Winning by the Welches:
Books of a certain genre, notably those written by celebrity coaches or businessmen, tend to serve gruel to readers who really want to know the author's secret sauce. "Winning" (HarperBusiness, 372 pages, $27.95) is no exception. "For goodness sake -- Have fun. Yes, have fun," advises Jack Welch, the retired chairman of General Electric and certainly the most successful CEO of his time. Further on he confides: "Managers at every level have to make hard choices and live by them." And: "Your job as a leader is to fight the gravitational pull of negativism."

There is plenty of such oatmeal in "Winning" (written with Suzy Welch, a former editor of the Harvard Business Review and now Mr. Welch's wife). Luckily there is nourishment, too. Mr. Welch offers knowing descriptions of dilemmas and problems that are all too common in American business life, and he proposes a few ideas for solving them, though with mixed results.


About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.