“You’re brutal!” Jack Welch , former chairman and chief executive of General Electric, exclaims to his wife, Suzy Welch. They’re talking about working together on their latest project—a new business book they’ve written. “I’m a good conceptual editor,” she responds with a smile. “She never lets me get away with a light touch,” says Mr. Welch of his wife, a 55-year-old journalist and a former editor of the Harvard Business Review.
Mr. Welch, 79, hasn’t traditionally been associated with a light touch. Known for his hard-charging, no-nonsense leadership, he helped the company’s market capitalization grow from $13 billion to over $400 billion during his tenure as CEO from 1981 to 2001.