In the fall of 1930, David Packard left his hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, to enroll at Stanford University, where he befriended another freshman, Bill Hewlett. After graduation, Hewlett and Packard decided to throw their lots in together. They tossed a coin to decide whose name should go first on the notice of incorporation, then cast about in search of products to sell. Today, the one-car garage in Palo Alto that housed their first workshop is a California historic landmark: the birthplace of Silicon Valley. And Hewlett-Packard has produced thousands of innovative products for millions of customers throughout the world. Their little company employs 98,400 people and boasts constantly increasing sales that reached $25 billion in 1994. While there are many successful companies, there is only one Hewlett-Packard, because from the very beginning, Hewlett and Packard had a way of doing things that was contrary to the prevailing management strategies. In defining the objectives for their company, Packard and Hewlett wanted more than profits, revenue growth and a constant stream of new, happy customers. Hewlett-Packard's success owes a great deal to many factors, including openness to change, an unrelenting will to win, the virtue of sustained hard work and a company-wide commitment to community involvement. As a result, HP now is universally acclaimed as the world's most admired technology company; its wildly successful approach to business has been immortalized as The HP Way. In this book, David Packard tells the simple yet extraordinary story of his life's work and of the truly exceptional company that he and Bill Hewlett started in a garage 55 years ago.
Fully updated for this 6th annual edition, the Good Small Business Guide 2012 is packed with essential advice for small business owners or budding entrepreneurs. Offering help on all aspects of starting, running and growing a small business, including: planning, setting up or acquiring a business, getting to grips with figures, marketing, selling online, and managing yourself and others. Containing over 140 easy-to-read articles, brand-new Viewpoints from people who've been there and done it (and lived to tell the tale), and an extensive information directory this fully updated guide offers help on all aspects of starting and growing a small business.
"When asked about the qualities needed to be an effective CEO, the answers are, to me, quite basic: Respect for, and ability to get along with, many different kinds of people, including those that do not share your views; The will to honor promises that one makes to his family, and the understanding that work and home life must be balanced." -Gerard J. Arpey, CEO, American Airlines "Be positive about challenges you encounter, for no matter how successful you are, you will encounter them." -William Clay Ford, Chairman, and CEO, Ford Motor Company "In the real world, leaders are rarely faced with a simple choice between right and wrong. Leaders can't avoid ambiguity, but must learn to be decisive in spite of it." -Sy Sternberg, CEO, New York Life "I think anyone willing to work hard for their goals, learn from their mistakes, and care about others has the "markings" to become a wonderful Leader." -Gary Kelly, CEO, Southwest Airlines "Find the right people and the right information to help you get the job done." -Ronald A. Williams, CEO, Aetna "Understand opportunities don't come in an envelope labeled "opportunities"; create value; be honest; have a vision; work hard." -Edward Zore, CEO, Northwestern Mutual "Success requires envisioning, embracing and driving change. The only way to turn potential into higher levels of achievements is to continuously change." -Susan M. Ivey, CEO, Reynolds American "Surround yourself with people smarter than you: People make it happen and great people are necessary to make any idea come alive." -Maggie Wilderotter, CEO, Frontier Communications "I believe hard work, dedication, and the willingness to take calculated risks, not only in my personal life, but in my career as well, have contributed to my success. Have a passion for whatever you do." -Robert A. Reynolds, CEO, Graybar Electric
Profiles twelve business leaders, including Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Carly Fiorina, and Bill Gates, describing their personal lives, career paths, leadership strategies, political influence, critics' charges, and possible future impacts. Includes chronologies and lists of further resources.
This book presents a new model, the competency framework, for students, innovators, entrepreneurs, managers, and anyone who wants to better understand the dynamic world of innovation and entrepreneurship. Focused on both the individual and strategic organizational level, this book is about people and the competencies each person needs to learn to be successful in creating a more dynamic future. Matthews and Brueggemann’s framework for innovation and entrepreneurship competencies empowers individuals to excel at innovation and new venture creation. It provides a practical guide and clear and concise understanding of the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and experiences that are needed to increase imagination, creativity, innovation and new venture creation capability. Innovation and Entrepreneurship will be attractive for students of entrepreneurship, innovation, management and cross-disciplinary classes, such as design thinking. Presented in a modular format, Innovation & Entrepreneurship informs the future direction of people and technology, as well as the educational systems producing the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. Based on extensive academic research, this book is organized into two sections: Twelve innovation elements and twelve competency categories. The elements are the foundation and the competency categories are the building blocks that inform our path toward a more precise understanding of how innovation and entrepreneurship plays an important role in economic development and our daily lives.