By Clive Morton (auth.)
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As he says on p. 5 of Moments of Truth: In order to become a customer orientated company extensive changes will be required on the part of front line employees. Yet, the initiative for those changes must originate in the executive suite. It is up to the top executive to become a true leader, devoted to creating an environment in which employees can accept and execute their responsibilities with confidence and finesse. He must communicate with his employees, imparting the Company's vision and listening to what they need to make that vision a reality.
He saw what others couldn't. As Noel Tichy and Stratford Sherman comment in Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will (1992): Hardly anyone, inside the company or out, thought GE needed fixing. But where others saw strength, Welch saw weakness. GE's executives, disciplined but submissive, knew how to follow the company's rigid rules. But when the outside world started to change, many of GE's procedures and systems became irrelevant ... 6 As with the earlier UK examples, the key ingredient was the focus from the CEO on change: 'the process of transformation requires personal commitment and the willingness to persevere'.
As Noel Tichy and Stratford Sherman comment in Control Your Destiny or Someone Else Will (1992): Hardly anyone, inside the company or out, thought GE needed fixing. But where others saw strength, Welch saw weakness. GE's executives, disciplined but submissive, knew how to follow the company's rigid rules. But when the outside world started to change, many of GE's procedures and systems became irrelevant ... 6 As with the earlier UK examples, the key ingredient was the focus from the CEO on change: 'the process of transformation requires personal commitment and the willingness to persevere'.