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Odyssey: Pepsi to Apple : A Journey of Adventure, Ideas, and the Future Hardcover – October 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; 1st ed edition (October 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060157801
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060157807
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.8 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The chairman and CEO of Apple Computer, with the aid of a Business Week editor, vividly describes how, after working as an executive for Pepsi-Cola, developing winning strategies in the Cola Wars, and being promoted to president at age 38, he abandoned a "second-wave" company to join Apple, a "third-wave" firm epitomizing flexibility, creativity, and innovation. Sculley tells of his mistakes, failings, and successes and ends chapters with lessons in management or marketing. Highly recommended for business students and anyone curious about a CEO's life.Leonard Grundt, Nassau Community Coll. Lib., Garden City, N.Y.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Reynolds on August 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Sculley describes how Steve Jobs lured him to Apple, and blithely exposes his thought processes behind the decision to go. Among other things, he insisted upon a lucrative compensation/house package, explaining that he simply could not be burdened with any personal financial considerations while dedicating his self-appraised tremendous powers to running Apple. The Apple folks agreed, Sculley got his huge salary and his new house, and under his hand the company tanked down the tubes forthwith.
Sculley presented management lessons as his narrative progressed. He did not directly discuss the matter of incentives, and the complacency which unearned wealth induces so quickly, electing instead to present that lesson by his own example. Perhaps if Mr. Sculley had been more concerned about his own financial condition as a function of the company's success or failure, he would have been more highly motivated to do a better job running the firm.
At least one member of every corporate board of directors should read this book, and keep this lesson about incentives in mind whenever it's time to hire new executives and develop their compensation packages.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cgriell on April 8, 2011
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Well, I read this book after viewing Job's lecture at Stanford […] really fascinating. So I would know what was happening behind the scenes, and what went wrong on the love story of Jobs and Sculley.

The book explains Sculley's East Coast (and Republican) vision of how to manage a big company, which, is, essentially, I may say a "military" way to organize a company, with clear objectives and responsabilities, vs. the West Coast (and Democrat) which is more cooperative and less organized. Of course you cannot manage a multimillion company with the manager deciding on everything, from the profile of the programmers to hire to the marketing budget.

It explains also the big mistake Sculley (and others have done) when trying to emulate the Sosa wars, with IBM-PC vs. Macintosh. A consumer may just pick one Pepsi on the shelves of a supermarket, and test it, and eventually switch brands... An IT Manager simply cannot do that, and its amazing that people as smart as Apple Board of Directors didn't see this. Anyhow, since then Apple has profiled his public and they did not try to compete with PC clones anymore. They aim their sales to a prospective buyer who is not the IT Manager anymore. Probably this is not a decision done by Jobs when returning to Apple.

What the book says is not as important as what the book hides, probably the fact that not all companies are created equal, and there is no such thing as "one size fits all". Probably Sculley was the right man for the job in a certain moment, but sure Apple under his management would have become a "me too" company, as Hewlett-Packard is now. Of course I prefer the panache of DEC trying to convince the world to follow their way - although they did not suceed - to the Compaq-HP deal, manufacturing dull machines with dull O.S.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Stewart VINE VOICE on December 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
When the author relates the story of being lured from Pepsi to Apple, and the introduction of the Apple Macintosh, this book is fascinating. When John Sculley inserts sections about management styles, it can bore you to tears; just skip them, nothing noteworthy in the management sections anyhow. It was fun to read this book several years after its publication, with the added depth that passage of time provides. A must-have for those interested in the early history of Apple.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I started with an expectation of something that would be fast paced; however, this was not to be. Sculley's style is repetitive and slow. He makes a point in a couple of paragraphs and then goes on and on about the same thing. He also gives too much importance to his personal life in the book.
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B O O K
ODYSSEY--Pepsi to Apple...A JOURNEY
OF ADVENTURE,IDEAS & THE FUTURE--
author--john sculley
with john byrne-1987. 449 pages---
PHOTOS.

______________________________________________
apple----H I S T O R Y
*steve jobs-2/24/55__to__10/5/2011/
56 yrs old
apple founder-pixar-next--HE WANTED
TO CHANGE--THE W O R L D !

*mike markkule-8/11/1950-63yrs-
apple-electronic engineer-computer
programer--**THE WOZ**

*mike markkula-2/11/1942-72yrs-CEO
founder of apple-ANGEL INVESTOR.
aviation co.-cattle ranching.
_______________________________________________
(75)SCULLY- III 4/6/1939-PEPSI--jobs INVITED sculley to APPLE
as his SECOND........L A T E R +S+ would become CEO of APPLE.
83/93.
3 kids-6 grand kids-now lives in Palm Beach/wife-Diana Poli-he &
his 2 brothers r in investments,data and marketing together.Scully
has a SupER INTEresTINg FAMILY hISToRy.

sad
SCULLY SIDES WITH THE +apple+ BOARD WHEN THEY WANT TO
OUST__jobs___
OVER HIS S P E N D I N G--and---ANTICS.

Scully says his MISTAKES at APPLE were-NEWTON & HYPER CARD!

_____________bbbp okc 65
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