Father Son & Co. My Life at IBM and Beyond – Thomas J. Watson Jr
This really is a staggeringly good book! For anyone that loves business, works with large corporations or has worked with global giant IBM, this is a must read biography. The story of the founder of IBM, Thomas Watson Sr, and his successor and son, Thomas Watson Jr. This story is beautifully and honestly told by Watson Jr as he recounts the love of a father and son. It was Watson Jr who took IBM into computers and steered it to the company that we know today as a global enterprise.
This book is more than the story of two men’s lives, it gives an account of the management style, ethics and organizational models used in this super successful business that became the blueprint for many modern day consulting companies.
I brought a 1990 copy of this book second hand, as an ex library book, so mine was already well read before I got it. The latest edition, pictured, is testament to its popularity as it remains a study in organizational management and business culture – well worth studying.
MY RATING – FIRST CLASS
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