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A Business and Its Beliefs: The Ideas That Helped Build IBM

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The timeless business book that still brings perspective and guidance to today's bottom-line executives

When first published in 1963, IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr.'s A Business and Its Beliefs gave readers an unprecedented look inside IBM's executive offices. Watson--son of IBM's founder-- candidly discussed how the company clung to its values during the first great technologic
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Hardcover, 108 pages
Published May 15th 2003 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published April 24th 2003)
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Todd
May 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-best
This book was included in my book: The 100 Best Business Books of All Time. www.100bestbiz.com
Mary Kelly
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Good ideas, well stated, but a bit on the dated side. What was revolutionary thinking at the time this book was written is part of the public conscience now and taken largely for granted. Remembering not to take it for granted it the lesson to take away from this book, in my opinion.
Jessica Pantano
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A quick read, this book outlines the core values that made IBM Big Blue. Watson's beliefs about how business leaders should behave and participate in a changing society are inspiring.
Christopher Lewis Kozoriz
"There never has been any future in the status quo. In business, the status quo means inevitable failure, and I would think the same conclusion could be drawn with nations." (Thomas J. Watson Jr., A Business and Its Beliefs: The Ideas That Helped Build IBM, Page 79)

Late Billionaire and son of IBM founder Thomas J. Watson Sr. discusses in lecture type format the ideas that shaped IBM and then dives into how a business can affect society and the nation as a whole positively.

You get a sense at the
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George Rodriguez
Jan 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Thomas J. Watson, Jr., son of IBM founder Thomas Watson, Sr., believed IBM’s decades-long business success could be attributed to three core beliefs:

1. Have respect for the individual.
2. Give the best company service of any company in the world.
3. Pursue all tasks with the idea that they can be accomplished in a superior fashion.

In his short book “A Business and Its Beliefs”, Watson tells of IBM’s strict adherence to this trio of management ideals – in good times and bad – and how living by them
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Greg Greben
"Individuals and organizations have failed because they have been ahead of their times. But many more have failed because they have been behind their times, because they have been unwilling to pull their heads out of the sand and accept the reality of change." - T.J. Watson Jr.
Jordan Casal
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of my new favorites! Great book!
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