As a nation, we are proud that our top political leader does not adorn him or herself in medals and military splendor. The respect for the position of President of the United States is not based on the might of the sword but the political will of the people. Ours is a civilian leader, and we would never take lightly the stand of a general against the directions of his or her duly-elected Commander in Chief.
He knew Lincoln. He knew all the presidents thereafter until his death. He knew General Ulysses S. Grant. This is a modified excerpt from Mr. Farquhar’s book, An Autobiography of A. B. Farquhar.
“There lie latent unsuspected powers in willing men [and women] around us which only need appreciation and development to produce surprising results.
As with Thomas J. Watson Sr., Andrew Carnegie grows in my admiration as I study more of the early 19th and 20th Century American Industrialists. This book review has not been posted yet (April 25, 2022) but the link below will take you to "Andy's" quotes home page.
After reading this, it will be time to establish an Andrew Carnegie Bibliography Home Page with the links to the material I have posted. Until then, feel free to search on Andrew Carnegie.
I was once again impressed by Ida M. Tarbell’s’ balanced approach to history and her description of the actors who interacted—and sometimes fought—with each other. She covers the individuals with Emerson’s Lengthening Shadow who led capital, business and labor during this time.
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As has become custom, Peter E. has updated IBM's and Arvind Krishna's key performance indicators (KPIs) through the end of 2021. They are summarized on the "Arvind Krishna Overall Performance Home Page."
IBM released its 2021 Annual Report in March 2022 and these pages were updated in early April 2022. The next set of updates to these specific pages should be in April 2023 after the release of the IBM 2022 Annual Report.
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Each year after IBM releases its annual report, I update this chart to document the difference between two sets of IBM chief executive officers: (1) Two 20th Century leaders who managed a business and (2) Four 21st Century leaders who are managing a business to a stock price or to a stock price metric such as earnings-per-share.
Over the last sixteen years how have IBM's chief executive officers performed against some similar critical key performance metrics? The answer should not be a surprise to any IBMer or analyst that understands what it took to build the 20th Century IBM. The Watsons invested in making people more productive, processes more effective and products more valuable.
This is what happens when you invest in paper (stock buybacks/repurchases) instead.
Humanity and Social Media
"In this new era of social media, we have yet to rise to the point of displaying the best of our humanity. …
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Peter E. Greulich
Pete has been studying IBM and early American corporate history since his retirement in 2011. These are his thoughts and musings, and of those whose biographies he has read with links to articles and book reviews on this website.