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In today’s episode, I discuss with David Gelles, author of “The Man Who Broke Capitalism,” as we explore the complex legacy of Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric. The conversation touches on Welch’s extraordinary work ethic and his knack for understanding every facet of his business, but also highlights the darker aspects of his leadership style, including short-term thinking, a focus on profits over people, and a toxic work culture.

We also discuss the changing landscape of work ethic in today’s world, contrasting it with past generations. Gelles points out alternative leadership models, citing companies like PayPal and Unilever, which have successfully balanced profitability with social responsibility. The episode concludes with a look at how Welch’s influence permeated not just GE but also the broader business education landscape, urging leaders to question their assumptions.

You’ll learn actionable insights for your own leadership journey, particularly how to balance hard work with ethical considerations and long-term vision. This episode is a must-watch for anyone interested in understanding the nuances of leadership and the impact it can have on corporate culture and capitalism at large.

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Have you heard the big news about my new book!?

Leaders are asked to be confident, competent, strong, and visionary. Yet on the other hand, employees also want their leaders to share their challenges, struggles, and mistakes. How can leaders reconcile both of these truths?

Vulnerability for leaders is not the same as it is for everyone else and my over 100 CEO interviews and survey of 14,000 employees proves it! So how can leaders approach vulnerability in the right way that allows them to unlock the potential of others, create trust, and lead through change? Pre-order your copy to find out and email me proof of HARDCOVER purchase to [email protected] and I’ll send you 5 exclusive CEO interviews, and invite to a webinar I’m hosting about the book, and the first 3 chapters of the book before it gets released!