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Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Inside IBM's Historic Turnaround

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2003

    Lou could teach Stachybotrys to dance & grow like Pachyderm (elephant) at IBM

    This book can be used as a HR playbook. It's clearly written and provides useful employment lessons. IBMers, unlike their foreign counterparts, clearly were too comfortable with entitlements. For example, the Family Medical Leave Act, the ADEA, and the Americans With Disabilities Act are remnants from a past era, when white collar Americans felt it was okay to be sick while a company looked after you. Lou taught IBM management that promised company & government entitlements could be eliminated through HR Quality initiatives like CAN-MAN and Just-in-Time Employment (modeled after KAN-BAN and JIT Delivery, respectively) Existing programs like Just-in-Time Contracting were also incrementally improved over time to take advantage of favorable tax, labor, and H-1B laws. Overall, this book is an excellent guide for modern HR policies. Lou provides the definitive playbook for the millenium. Especially recommended for the HR professional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2002

    Simply inspiring

    This remarkable story about IBM is truely a indepth and interesting perspective on corporate America. It shows the inside story of how a mouse became an Elephant in only a few decades. Anyone looking for inspiration and a remarkable story look no further. This book and a book called Dreams: Gateway to the True Self are going to be my holiday gifts of choice. Having read this book Dreams:... I have been moved to find out the goals I've been waiting and waiting to complete my whole life. I've always told myself I was going to write a novel and this book showed me that there was no reason to wait any longer. Try it out you and your family will love Dreams: Gateway to the True Self.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2002

    Read it!

    I joined IBM two months before Gerstner and it needed a swift kick in the pants. I had a unique perspective coming out of graduate school because my dad work for Pan Am and we all know they went belly up. I was never going to depend on a company for my well being. Go to work do a great job and most of all save on your own and keep your skills current. I sensed a tremendous amount of entitlement amongst the employee ranks. I would have left in under a year if gerstner hadn't planted his foot in the rear end of this company. He made some decisions that many employees feel were unfair and unjust but if you look at our benefits package and perk system compared to many of our peers in industry it is still one of the best. We have more employees at IBM now then when he joined. Even after the big layoff. He was good for IBM. Is he a god of business? No... but all in all he was good for IBM.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    Don Imus Is Reading It

    I haven't read the book. I'm going on what Don Imus says. This sounds like, almost, an exciting read. Imus says that anyone in any kind of business, say a pizza joint, can learn from Gerstner. And if one can learn something practical from this book, I want to read it.

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