Traditionally, this is a period of time for a chief executive to not only discover, understand and acknowledge the issues facing their country or corporation, but to start resolving them.
During this time, FDR called the government and its businesses to action. His rallying cry told the citizens of his country that its government was on the job. Ever since then, the first one hundred days of any chief executive officer’s term has become a significant checkpoint on the performance of a new corner office. It is an early, traditional, and very relevant checkpoint of a chief executive’s performance. It is a time to ask, “Is the chief executive setting the proper tone and taking the appropriate actions to ensure their corporation’s future success? Has he or she told the citizens of their corporation through words and actions that their chief executive is on the job?
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 marks the end of The First 100 Days for Arvind Krishna, IBM’s chief executive officer, and James M. Whitehurst, the corporation’s new president.
What does this one-hundred-day checkpoint reveal?
Is there an IBM “New Deal?”
Or the same old stuff?
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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.