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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: Abridged 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 Daniel Milstein | 2/20/2014

    " I think the first part of the book is amusing. The rest four parts lack this satire and are a little bit boring. I liked the fact that Gerstner went solo to write this book because that helped me to understand what he was thinking when he made his different choices. Everything from reintegrating the IBM management team to unveiling IBM's e-business idea was so precise in a book that is quick to read . This book will inspire anyone with the hopes of being management material. It's definitely worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tom Menner | 2/17/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brentley Campbell | 2/12/2014

    " Lou Gerstner reminds me in many ways of an executive that Buffett would like to invest with. He is honest and was always focused on long-term results for shareholders. The book is also a nice look into IBM culture and its history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Cori Aleardi | 1/29/2014

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

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