That tearing sound is Jeff Immelt's way of getting your attention

09/6/2011 | Wall Street Journal, The

Jeff Immelt, starting his second decade as General Electric's CEO, doesn't like to shout, but that doesn't mean he's a pushover. He says he communicates his disapproval as vividly as possible, even going so far as to physically tear up substandard business plans. "Ripping sounds always help people focus the mind," he says.

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