Thomas J. Watson
American businessman; chairman and CEO of IBM
Thomas John Watson, Sr. (February 17, 1874 – June 19, 1956) was the president of International Business Machines (IBM), who oversaw that company's growth into an international force from the 1920s to the 1950s.
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- Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.
- Watson (1939) in: American druggist Vol 100. p. 40.
- If you want to succeed, double your failure rate.
- Attributed to Watson in: Roger von Oech (1982), A Whack on the Side of the Head and Industrial participation (1987) Nr 594-603. p. 262.
- If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less than excellent work.
- Attributed to Watson in: William G. Dickerson (1995) In search of the ultimate practice. p. 19.
- Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of "crackpot" than the stigma of conformity.
- Attributed to Watson in: Georg Blair, Sandy Meadows (1996) A Real-Life Guide to Organizational Change. p. 117.
- A man is known by the company he keeps. A company is known by the men it keeps.
- Garg, Anu, A Word A Day, Wordsmith, 2016.02.17