In recent months the business press has been filled with stories of the weak performance of General Electric. Many comparisons have been made to the lack of leadership in the last 15 years versus that which Jack Welch provided during GE’s glory years in the 1980’s and 90’s. One of the most controversial aspects of Welch’s time at GE was his so called “rank and yank” procedure, where he would fire the bottom ranked 5-10% of his managers each year, regardless of absolute performance. He earned a reputation for brutal candor. He rewarded those ranked in the top 20% with bonuses and stock options.
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It was 2015 when the acquisitive Brazilian investment giant, 3G Capital, took over Kraft Foods and merged it with HJ Heinz, the catsup maker, which it already owned. In this deal, Warren Buffet provided much of the cash, knowing full well that there were profits to be made, given the strong reputation of 3G Capital of being world-class when it comes to cost-cutting.
Innovation is a topic that you hear a lot about these days. How does it happen? I think you can learn a lot by looking at examples that have occurred over the years that have had a truly significant impact. Here are two classics: Note how the leader had a very specific idea that he believed would have a very significant impact on the world.