Jack and Suzy Welch were BusinessWeek columnists from April 2006 to July 2009. Their Welch Way podcast offered invaluable insights for workers on how to be successful in their business lives and practical career management advice.
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- Dear Graduate (Crisis Edition): Jack and Suzy Welch always tell graduates to overdeliver. In 2009, they offer additional advice.
- Options for MBAs Without Jobs: Jack & Suzy Welch say these are unprecedented times, but MBAs have three options. They can settle and learn to love it, they can go a little crazy, or they can do their own thing.
- Layoffs: HR’s Moment of Truth: Jack and Suzy Welch say that layoffs are when HR proves its mettle and its worth, demonstrating whether a company really cares about its people.
- Fear of Flip-Flopping: Jack & Suzy Welch on whether leaders are actually supposed to change their minds when the wind shifts.
- Resisting the pull of office politics: Jack and Suzy Welch say palace intrigue can be addictive. Here’s why the smart move is to kick the habit.
- Release Your Inner Extrovert: Jack & Suzy Welch say that introverts employed by large organizations often find they have to outperform colleagues just to hold their ground. What’s an introvert to do? Release the inner extrovert.
- Team Building: Wrong and Right: Jack and Suzy Welch say the President-elect must avoid the same hiring hazards that face any new CEO.
- What Change Agents Are Made Of: Jack and Suzy Welch discuss how true change agents have power, vision, bravery, and support–which may be why they’re rare.
- The Importance of Being Sticky: Jack and Suzy Welch say that of all the business ideas in circulation–and “stickiness” has been out there for years now by many names, “customer retention” and “loyalty” among them–it still doesn’t obsess managers nearly enough.
- What’s Age Got to Do With It?: Jack & Suzy Welch talk about why age isn’t something to fear.
- How to Bust Into the Big Leagues:Â Jack & Suzy Welch say big companies prefer the devil they know to an upstart they don’t. You’ve got to offer them a deal with the kind of fire they can’t ignore.
- Before You Go Job-Hoppingâ€¦: Jack & Suzy Welch say that even though a better title and more money can seem like a no-brainer, make sure your homework and your heart back you up.
- Define Yourself–or Others Will:Â Jack & Suzy Welch say that you should never let the members of your team guess about your principles or why you make tough calls the way you do.
- Breaking Through the Bias: Jack & Suzy Welch say that companies embrace diversity, but to get ahead, minorities still have to go the extra mile .
- Generation Y’s Bad Rap: Jack & Suzy Welch say that Gen Y’s reputation for being greedy and swaggering is unfair. Instead, they believe the members of Gen Y are driven, thoughtful, and candid.
- Leaving the Nonprofit Nest: Jack & Suzy Welch say that businesses are wary of hiring from the public sector, but the doors aren’t closed.
- From Hero to Zero: You may be very smart and deliver stellar results, but almost nothing generates enemies in a company faster than an outsize ego. Jack & Suzy Welch give suggestions that could help you turn your career around.
- Own Up to Getting Sacked: Jack & Suzy Welch say that most prospective employers see warning flags when they hear vague, generic departure stories.
- Which Job Is the Right Job?: Jack & Suzy Welch say not knowing which job to take is a common quandary–and one you can face at almost any stage of your career. But doing this exercise should help you make a decision–and better understand your choices.
- Get Real, Get Ahead: Jack & Suzy Welch say that bloodless executives, even the most technically skilled ones, rarely reach the highest heights. They’re just too remote to move people. They can manage, but they can’t motivate.
- Dead Man Walking: Jack & Suzy Welch talk about what to do when you know you’re going to get the axe. They say that unless you can endure a tightening spiral of anxiety and awkwardness–and you don’t give a darn about making your co-workers twist and squirm with you–get out now. Otherwise, brace yourself for the all-too-common organizational ordeal of being a Dead Man Walking.
- The Right Way to Say Goodbye: All employees must always know where they stand, especially if it is close to the exit. With the surprise taken out of goodbye, the only other part about firing right is preserving the dignity of the person being dismissed. Jack & Suzy Welch say that a good firing means the manager becomes a coach and adviser
- Don’t Play the Office Cop: Jack & Suzy Welch say that disruptive peers cannot be convinced about anything, or be reasoned with, for that matter. So, unless you’re a psychiatrist, your best bet is to keep as much distance as possible.
- Work-Life Choices: Jack and Suzy Welch say that not only is it possible — it happens all the time. The problem is that “work-life balance” suggests that there is one right ratio for how much time you spend working and not working, and they disagree with that.
- Going With Your Gut: Gut instinct is a deep, even subconscious, familiarity — the voice inside you that tells you “Go for it NOW” or “No way — not ever.” In this podcast, BW columnists Jack & Suzy Welch say that knowing when to go with your gut isn’t always obvious.
- Are You a Boss-Hater?: There are days when everyone around you seems inept, especially your boss. After all, companies are composed of people, and people screw up, reward mediocrity, and play politics, say BW columnists Jack and Suzy Welch. But if your view of the working world and your colleagues is often gloomy, you might simply be a boss-hater. The Welches suggest a quick mindset test and attitude adjustment. They also offer advice to a leader who wants to recruit some former colleagues to the new organization he recently joined.
- How to Get Elected Boss: Making the transition from a peer to manager is one of the most delicate and complicated organizational situations you’ll ever experience. BW columnists Jack and Suzy Welch provide useful guidance to the newly-minted leader and also tell an inquiring grandfather how to give career advice to his grandchildren.