Sorry If I'm Not Kneeling at This Altar
Kevin Salwen on Business
A fascinating news release dropped into my inbox this evening. The headline pronounced: PERFECTBOUND ANNOUNCES THE E-BOOK AND DIGITAL AUDIOBOOK RELEASE OF 'WINNING,' THE NEW BUSINESS HOW-TO BOOK BY FORMER GE CEO JACK WELCH.
A How-To book from Jack Welch, the chief of all chiefs, the guy with all the right moves! The press release noted that the book flowed from questions people had asked Welch during appearances. ''Winning' clearly lays out the answers to the most difficult, important questions people face both on and off the job,' the release said. Now I was getting excited.
'The 'real stuff' of work is explained by Welch...'
Now my eyes are flying over the page. I can't wait to learn! Jack Welch is going to teach me the real stuff of work!! Then came the completion of that sentence and my heart sank: The real stuff of work, as Welch defines it: 'how to lead, hire, get ahead, even write a budget.'
Get ahead? Write a budget? Hire? That's what so many of us live for in our work? No happiness, no meaning, no joy, no greater good? (At least how to lead got in there -- but I find myself fearing what might be in that section.) Is it me, or does Jack Welch seem a man from another time.