Magazine article Management Today

Books: Author Q&A - Jack and Suzy Welch

Magazine article Management Today

Books: Author Q&A - Jack and Suzy Welch

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The Real Life MBA

HarperCollins Thorsons, pounds 20 (hardback)

- After the success of Winning, why did you decide to write The Real Life MBA?

To be honest, we did not want to write another book. Winning was very successful and still is. But we could not ignore the fact that the world had changed since Winning. It's much faster, more digital, more global - in a word, business has become harder.

- You say that business is 'full of whacks' - how do you bounce back after taking a hit?

Everyone is going to have a career disaster or work at a company that gets nailed at some point. The first step is to own your whack. Accept responsibility for it, come clean, lose the shame and then change everything from how you plan the future to how you go about worrying.

- What's the biggest lesson that can't be learned in a classroom?

Good people are the whole thing. Hiring them, motivating them, letting them know where they stand, giving their work meaning and purpose. …

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