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Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? Leading a Great Enterprise Through Dramatic Change

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ISBN-10: 0060523808

ISBN-13: 9780060523800

Edition: 2002

Authors: Louis V. Gerstner, Louis V. Gerstner

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/16/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.31" wide x 7.99" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Lou 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, Mr. Gerstner 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, Mr. Gerstner 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.

Foreword
Introduction
Grabbing Hold
The Courtship
The Announcement
Drinking from a Fire Hose
Out to the Field
Operation Bear Hug
Stop the Bleeding (and Hold the Vision)
Creating the Leadership Team
Creating a Global Enterprise
Reviving the Brand
Resetting the Corporate Compensation Philosophy
Back on the Beach
Strategy
A Brief History of IBM
Making the Big Bets
Services--the Key to Integration
Building the World's Already Biggest Software Business
Opening the Company Store
Unstacking the Stack and Focusing the Portfolio
The Emergence of e-business
Reflections on Strategy
Culture
On Corporate Culture
An Inside-Out World
Leading by Principles
Lessons Learned
Focus--You Have to Know (and Love) Your Business
Execution--Strategy Goes Only So Far
Leadership Is Personal
Elephants Can Dance
IBM--a Farewell
Appendices
The Future of e-business
Financial Overview
Index