By Thomas J. Watson Jr.
The undying company ebook that also brings standpoint and counsel to modern-day bottom-line executivesWhen first released in 1963, IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr.'s A company and Its ideals gave readers an unparalleled glance within IBM's govt workplaces. Watson-son of IBM's founder- candidly mentioned how the corporate clung to its values through the first nice technological shift, and the way this refusal to compromise turned IBM's power. He additionally turned one of many first CEOs to query business's position and accountability in society, and overtly speak about how enterprises may possibly meet increasing social expectancies whereas nonetheless turning a profit.The groundbreaking rules during this ebook nonetheless resonate with state-of-the-art managers. This newly released variation reintroduces Watson's rules to a brand new new release of decision-makers looking for IBM-style criteria for his or her personal companies. A to-the-point exam of the values and ideology that outfitted and sustained IBM, its message is as helpful at the present time because it used to be 4 many years back-and will once more strike a convincing chord with executives all over.
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If we grant that these programs are necessary and right for the employees of big corporations, then certainly we cannot follow a double standard and contend that they are not needed by other people. Only 14 per cent of the total United States work force is employed by the top 500 industrial corporations. Some provisions should be made to give all some fair measure of protection. The manager of a large organization may have done a fine job in demonstrating what he can do for his people. 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.
Even in a middle ground there is a wide range of choice between what we regard as the 30 Chapter 7: New Problems, New Approaches Chapter 7: New Problems, New Approaches 31 preservation of self-interest and a genuine concern for the national well-being. There is a place for the liberals who will press for faster progress just as there is a place for the conservatives who will hold for caution.
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.