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Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? How I Turned Around IBM

Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? How I Turned Around IBM

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Language English
Binding Paperback
Publisher Harpercollins

Remember the 1993 IBM crash? After losing almost three billion dollars that year the company almost blacked out, and Louis Gerstner was brought in to resurrect the company's falling finances and reputation. He did away with all that was old and redundant, including the company's glorified but impractical objective list, and turned around the way things worked at IBM, making it stronger than ever. His contributions to the company's renewed market dominance and respect made Louis something of a leadership role model. Find out what and how he did in the book Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? by the man himself, Louis V. Gerstner.

Louis V. Gerstner is credited with reviving one of the very few companies of that size from eminent extinction. The odds of his success were slim, and he made sure he proved everyone wrong in concluding that. With his immense dedication and timely decision making, IBM could be saved and restored to former glory. The book is full of anecdotes and inciden ... See more

Shop online for this interesting book using ISBN 10 number -0007302959 and ISBN 13 number - 978-0007302956.

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  1. 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
     Nothing eye-opening 8 April, 2013 On
    The biggest problem I find with business books is that they are often contextual and may not serve as a 'Guide to managing companies' if you tried to apply. Thus when a reader expects to read it like a book that fuels knowledge and inspires it merely becomes a factual novel which is very situational. This book also falls in the same category.

    Though one can not take away from Louis all the good things he has done to turn IBM around at one point of time it necessarily doesn't mean those things will hold true if your company or IBM is faced with similar situation. Thus what you can take away is greatly reduced. However the important thing that you can learn is the manner in which successful CEO's think and create business success which remains fairly standard and independent of situations. However you will not find the answer to what to think in this book, rather only how to think about your business.
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  2.  Great Book - a must for leaders (and potential leaders) 7 June, 2012 On
    This is a great book on leadership. Reading the book you will realize that Lou didn't really make any strategic changes. He just ensured that IBM became better on execution (which is the key). Lou brought about cultural changes to IBM which were really wide spread and made the company come back from brink.
    Great book!
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