Who Says Elephants Cant Dance?: Inside IBM’s Historic Turnaround Audiobook, by Louis V. Gerstner Play Audiobook Sample

Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM’s Historic Turnaround Audiobook

Who Says Elephants Cant Dance?: Inside IBM’s Historic Turnaround Audiobook, by Louis V. Gerstner Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Edward Herrmann Publisher: HarperAudio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 5.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 4.25 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: August 2004 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780060785413

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Longest Chapter Length:

27:43 minutes

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01:39 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

15:26 minutes

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Publisher Description

Writing in an exciting, fast-paced narrative style, Gerstner takes readers through his experiences at IBM -- from the high-powered recruiting pressure to take the Chairman's position, to first days on the job learning the strengths and weaknesses of IBM, to formulating and successfully implementing a turnaround strategy.

Filled with Gerstner's personal insights as he explores the company, institutes changes, and rebuilds IBM for the 21st century, readers will have unprecedented access to the mind of the CEO. Refreshing and candid throughout, Gerstner pulls no punches as shows readers what he did and why he did it.

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“Edward Herrmann’s pacing and understated connection with the material in this memoir makes the audio seem compact and relaxed. The writing is also outstanding, lacking excessive pride or self-congratulation, so you don’t have to elbow past the author’s ego to absorb the many CEO-level insights offered here. An essential volume for anyone interested in technology, large organizations, or IBM’s miraculous rebirth under Gerstner’s leadership.” 

— AudioFile 


  • “[Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance] leaves the reader thinking that a few more Gerstners around in the 90s might have prevented the bubble from swelling so large—and popping with such a bang.”

    — New York Times Book Review
  • “Effective, to the point...Gerstner deserves his place in the management hall of fame.” 

    — Financial Times
  • “A well-rendered self-portrait of a CEO who made spectacular change on the strength of personal leadership.”

    — Publishers Weekly
  • “This is an important contribution to the business genre, and Edward Herrmann's basso, richly told tale maintains listener interest. An insider’s take on IBM that provides a nice update to the solid historical analysis of the downfall and near death of the company...Highly recommended.” 

    — Library Journal (audio review)


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About Louis V. Gerstner

Louis V. Gerstner, Jr., served as chairman and chief executive officer of IBM from April 1993 until March 2002, when he retired as CEO. He remained chairman of the board through the end of 2002. Before joining IBM, he served for four years as chairman and CEO of RJR Nabisco, Inc. This was preceded by an eleven-year career at the American Express Company, where he was president of the parent company and chairman and CEO of its largest subsidiary. Prior to that, he was a director of the management consulting firm of McKinsey & Co., Inc. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

About Edward Herrmann

Edward Herrmann (1943–2014) was one of America’s top audiobook narrators. He won multiple Audie Awards and twenty-two Earphones Awards, and his narration of the King James version of the Bible remains a benchmark in the industry.