Straight from the Gut - A Different Take on Business

Leanne Hoagland-Smith

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Jack Welsh, the recently retired CEO of General Electric, presents a rare glimpse into how to build a successful organization in his book, “Straight from the Gut. " His honesty and openness is refreshing and reaffirms that success is sometimes built from failure, but more often from calculated planning and the willingness to take risks.

From explaining “false kindness" to developing a high performing workplace, Welsh demonstrates that good business behavior and high values separate the successful companies from the not so successful ones.

Many business experts such as Noel Tichey cite Welsh for his leadership skills. However, this book transcends leadership and is really about performance for both individuals and organizations. Without fancy performance models, Welsh knew from “his gut" what individuals needed to continually strive to reach their potential. He shared these simple strategies and how GE translated potential into performance.

When Jack Welsh was asked what business he was in, he simply replied “the people business. " The greatest resource for any company is their people. However, in today’s fast paced global workplace usually the people are the most under utilized resource. For those CEO’s, managers, business owners and even educators who wish to improve their outcomes, this book is a must read.

Leanne Hoagland-Smith, M. S. President of ADVANCED SYSTEMS, is the Process Specialist. With over 25 years of business and education experience, she builds peace and abundance by connecting the 3P’s of Passion, Purpose and Performance through process improvement. Her ROI driven process solutions affect sustainable change in 4 key areas: financials, leadership, relationships and growth & innovation with a variety of industries. She aligns the strategies, systems and people to develop loyal internal customers that lead to external customers. As co-author of M. A. G. I. C. A. L. Potential:Living an Amazing Life Beyond Purpose to Achievement due for June 2005 release, Leanne speaks nationally to a variety of audiences. Please call Leanne a call at 219.759.5601 or if you are seeking amazing results.

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