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Father, Son & Co.: My Life at IBM and Beyond Perfect Paperback – February 29, 2000
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In the course of sixty years Thomas J. Watson Sr. and his son, Thomas J. Watson Jr., together built the international colossus that is IBM. This is their story: a riveting and revealing account of two men who loved each other--and fought each other--with a terrible fierceness.
But along with the story of a father and son, this is IBM's story too. It chronicles the management insights that shaped its course and its unique corporate culture, the style that made Thomas Watson Sr. one of America's most charismatic bosses, and the daring decisions by Thomas Watson Jr. that transformed IBM into the world's largest computing company. One of the greatest business-success stories of all time, Father, Son & Co. is a moving lesson for fathers who dream for their children, as well as a testament to American ingenuity and values, told in a disarmingly frank and eloquent voice.
Promising to remain an important business reference as we move into the next century, FATHER, SON & CO. takes a look at the management insight that helped to shape IBM's course and unique corporate culture. It looks at Watson, Sr., one of America's most charismatic bosses, and Watson, Jr., who spurred IBM into the computer age.
Ten years after its original publication, FATHER, SON & CO. remains a uniquely honest book. Watson'swillingness to write about the loving but ferociously combative relationship he had with his father and the turbulent battles behind some of IBM's most far-reaching decisions gives readers rare insights into the realities of leadership. -->
Top Customer Reviews
There are so many insights in it that it will bear re-reading for a long time to come. Watson Jr. was acutely aware of the cost of success and was brutally honest about his own failings as a manager and family man. I find myself remembering scenes in that book, running them in my mind as examples from which to learn.
Obviously the company has gone through many changes since this book has written-- Gerstner, downsizing, eBusiness, Business Consulting Services, etc. But still, it is remarkable how much of the culture is recognizable back to the very earliest days.
I have a special interest in the subject matter, so it is hard for me to say how fascinating someone without an IBM attachment would find the book. If you do have that special interest in IBM history, however, it is an interesting book and well executed.
He came across as a humanist who valued his employees in a personal way uncommon in corporate America. As the company grew so quickly and became so large, there were obvious "big company" problems and issues to address. And he did his best to tackle them.
The book provided a lot of interesting historical background of
his father, the origins of IBM and it's growth. a lot of information about what was going on in American business and technology in the 1950s and 60s is noted as well. Good auto-biography.
In the end, you could tell Watson Jr. afterall was very self-assured of himself - at least toward the last phase of his life. Otherwise, it would be hard to explain how he would be willing to be vulnerable and reveal so much - about his own psyche, his family feud and IBM in general.
This is a highly readable autobiography - highly recommended.
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I purchased this book on the strong recommendation of a friend who referred me in to IBM for a job. It had been recommended to him as a means for better understanding IBM's... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bob Jennings
truly one of the best book on lifespan I've ever read .
how most elements of last century events are percent is stunning.
The IBM 702 was the first commercially available modular computer second only the ENIAC Tom Watson Jr. Read morePublished 13 months ago by CHARLES V
CLEAR, HONEST, INSIGHTFUL, REVEALING.
AN AMAZING BOOK REVEALING GOLDEN PIECES OF WISDOM, PHILOSOPHY AND PRAGMATISM.
I ONLY WISH I READ IT BEFOREHAND!!!
One of the best auto-biographies I've read. Very honest and enlightening about IBMPublished 16 months ago by Book Reader
Wow, what a lovely book. A great book to begin the journey of learning about IBM. Who better to tell the story than Tom Watson. Read morePublished 18 months ago by pparadigm
A friend of mine was a personal assistant to Tom Watson Jr. We were talking about IBM at dinner one night and I mentioned that I ought to eat Tom Watson's biography. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Hal Steinberg