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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louis V. Gerstner Jr. Narrator: Edward Herrmann Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1990, IBM had its most profitable year ever. By 1993, the company was on a watch list for extinction, victimized by its own lumbering size, an insular corporate culture, and the PC era IBM had itself helped invent.

Enter Lou Gerstner. The presumption was that Gerstner had joined IBM to preside over its continued dissolution into a confederation of autonomous business units, effectively eliminating the corporation that had invented many of the industry's most important technologies. Instead, Gerstner took hold of the company, making the bold decision to keep it together, defiantly announcing, The last thing IBM needs right now is a vision.

Told in Lou Gerstner's own words, this is a story of an extraordinary turnaround, a case study in managing a crisis, and a thoughtful reflection on the computer industry and the principles of leadership. Summing up his historic business achievement, Gerstner recounts high-level meetings, explains the no-turning-back decisions that had to be made, and offers his hard-won conclusions about the essence of what makes a great company run. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Scott Talpey | 2/17/2014

    " Good read. Fun walk down history lane. It was interesting to get a view into IBM back in the 90's and fun to remember all the changes in our industry and realize how important it is to not become comfortable in your profession. No big management trucks to succeed but a great consolidation of good best practices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joep | 2/11/2014

    " The first chapters are very entertaining. It then gets a bit boring but the last chapter on culture is fascinating. All in all interesting enough for three stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cori Aleardi | 2/6/2014

    " One of the stronger business memoirs - Gerstner has a gift for storytelling and the lessons he extracts are good ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom Menner | 1/31/2014

    " As an IBM employee I found this book to be an enjoyable read, both to learn about IBM's history in the 1990s and to hear Gerstner's approach to addressing IBM's issues. "

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