By Thomas J. Watson Jr.
The undying enterprise ebook that also brings viewpoint and tips to modern day bottom-line executivesWhen first released in 1963, IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr.'s A enterprise and Its ideals gave readers an remarkable glance inside of IBM's govt places of work. Watson-son of IBM's founder- candidly mentioned how the corporate clung to its values through the first nice technological shift, and the way this refusal to compromise grew to become IBM's power. He additionally grew to become one of many first CEOs to query business's position and accountability in society, and brazenly speak about how agencies may meet increasing social expectancies whereas nonetheless turning a profit.The groundbreaking rules during this ebook nonetheless resonate with ultra-modern managers. This newly released version reintroduces Watson's rules to a brand new iteration of decision-makers looking for IBM-style criteria for his or her personal agencies. A to-the-point exam of the values and ideology that equipped and sustained IBM, its message is as useful this day because it used to be 4 a long time back-and will once more strike a powerful chord with executives in all places.
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To close these gaps, we have introduced benefit programs and are making improvements in them all the time. If we grant that these programs are necessary and right for the employees of big corporations, then certainly we cannot follow a double standard and contend that they are not needed by other people. Only 14 per cent of the total United States work force is employed by the top 500 industrial corporations. Some provisions should be made to give all some fair measure of protection. The manager of a large organization may have done a fine job in demonstrating what he can do for his people.
One can quarrel with the statistics, but all that does is to change the total. What's left is still intolerable for a country like ours. We can't hide the problem by doubting the statistics any more than we can say it doesn't exist because our wives cannot hire maids. It is with us and it has been with us for too many years. We've got to find some better solution to it, through business as well as government action. In fairness to the businessman, it should be stated that during the last twenty years he has been remarkably attentive to the needs of his employees.
If we grant that these programs are necessary and right for the employees of big corporations, then certainly we cannot follow a double standard and contend that they are not needed by other people. Only 14 per cent of the total United States work force is employed by the top 500 industrial corporations. Some provisions should be made to give all some fair measure of protection. The manager of a large organization may have done a fine job in demonstrating what he can do for his people. But let him go one step beyond this and recognize that people who are not working for large organizations—or those who are not working at all—may have even greater need for partial assistance with some of their problems than his employees do.