sam palmisano’s legacy: teaching a giant to run
brand-as-business bit: Sam Palmisano, CEO of IBM from 2002-2012, stepped down from his post on Sunday. I’ve been an admirer for years.
The New York Times ran a great piece about Palmisano’s impact on the venerable company, including increasing its stock market value to $217BB, making it more nimble and innovative, and focusing its thinking with a four question framework:
- “Why would someone spend their money with you — so what is unique about you?”
- “Why would somebody work for you?”
- “Why would society allow you to operate in their defined geography — their country?”
- “And why would somebody invest their money with you?”