John Chambers and the Cisco Way: Navigating Through Volatility

John Chambers and the Cisco Way: Navigating Through Volatility

by John K. Waters
     
 

"Chambers is a West Virginia choirboy, soft-spoken, articulate, but inside he'll eat you up." —Peter Swartz, Analyst, Salomon Smith Barney

Cisco Systems's CEO John Chambers is one of this country's most dynamic and innovative chief executives. His team-oriented management style, technological agnosticism, and near-fanatical focus on customers fueled his

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"Chambers is a West Virginia choirboy, soft-spoken, articulate, but inside he'll eat you up." —Peter Swartz, Analyst, Salomon Smith Barney

Cisco Systems's CEO John Chambers is one of this country's most dynamic and innovative chief executives. His team-oriented management style, technological agnosticism, and near-fanatical focus on customers fueled his company's unprecedented rise in the ultra competitive and volatile technology sector. His personal charisma, innate optimism, and natural competitiveness advanced not only his own remarkable career, but also the interests of his company and his industry. Under his leadership, Cisco dominated computer networking, expanded into critical new markets, and emerged as one of the world's most powerful and important businesses.

In his book, John Chambers and the Cisco Way: Navigating through Volatility, business and technology journalist John Waters investigates the Chambers/Cisco phenomenon. Through extensive interviews with industry analysts, venture capitalists, and Cisco executives, employees, customers, and competitors, Waters examines one of the most successful management approaches in recent memory, and chronicles the career and vision of the chief executive responsible for it.

Tracing Chambers's personal journey from computer salesman to Fortune 500 CEO, Waters considers the man and the manager in the context of today's volatile economy. Weaving the vision, philosophy, and career of Chambers with the emergence, management, and growth of Cisco Systems, he delivers an honest portrait of one of our most compelling business leaders, an executive who may well be the quintessential Information Age CEO.

The story of Chambers's rise to prominence and the evolution of Cisco Systems at the end of the twentieth century holds valuable lessons for seasoned executives, budding entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in business today.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471008330
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/19/2002
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.27(h) x 0.78(d)

Meet the Author

JOHN K. WATERS is a Silicon Valley-based journalist and author who has been covering the high-tech beat for more than a decade. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Examiner, the Business Journal, San Jose Magazine, Business-to-Business Network, Java Report, Application Development Trends, Software Magazine, ITworld, and Fortune magazine's eBusiness Web site. Waters is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Everything Computer Book, Silicon Valley: Inventing the Future (with Jean Dietz Sexton), and Selling for People Who Hate to Sell (with Brigid Massie). He also co-scripted the documentary film Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance (with John McLaughlin and Ward Winslow), which was narrated by Walter Cronkite and aired on PBS for the first time in 1998.

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