By Thomas J. Watson Jr.
The undying company ebook that also brings viewpoint and tips to modern-day bottom-line executivesWhen first released in 1963, IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr.'s A company and Its ideals gave readers an remarkable glance inside of IBM's government workplaces. Watson-son of IBM's founder- candidly mentioned how the corporate clung to its values throughout the first nice technological shift, and the way this refusal to compromise turned IBM's energy. He additionally grew to become one of many first CEOs to question business's position and accountability in society, and overtly speak about how organisations may meet increasing social expectancies whereas nonetheless turning a profit.The groundbreaking rules during this ebook nonetheless resonate with present day managers. This newly released variation reintroduces Watson's principles to a brand new iteration of decision-makers looking for IBM-style criteria for his or her personal agencies. A to-the-point exam of the values and ideology that equipped and sustained IBM, its message is as beneficial this present day because it used to be 4 a long time back-and will once more strike a powerful chord with executives all over the place.
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He might well remember this before he automatically criticizes a piece of legislation aimed at helping those people. Most of these comments have had to do with how I think businessmen are going to have to change their way of looking at things if this country—and its business system—are to get through the difficulties we foresee in the years ahead. Some people, I'm afraid, may have the impression that I'm so preoccupied with these larger problems of the national and public interest that I've forgotten what the first function of the businessman is—to run his business and make a success of it.
We've got to find some better solution to it, through business as well as government action. In fairness to the businessman, it should be stated that during the last twenty years he has been remarkably attentive to the needs of his employees. Broad benefit programs are now the norm for most big business organizations. Great efforts are being made to spread the work and eliminate unnecessary layoffs. Many businessmen have accepted the fact that out-of-the-ordinary medical costs, adequate insurance, and adequate provision for retirement are beyond the means of the average employee.
But let him go one step beyond this and recognize that people who are not working for large organizations—or those who are not working at all—may have even greater need for partial assistance with some of their problems than his employees do. He might well remember this before he automatically criticizes a piece of legislation aimed at helping those people. Most of these comments have had to do with how I think businessmen are going to have to change their way of looking at things if this country—and its business system—are to get through the difficulties we foresee in the years ahead.
A Business and Its Beliefs: The Ideas That Helped Build IBM by Thomas J. Watson Jr.