September 25, 2023

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The Man That Helped Change IBM

What would it be like to be element of building one of the top and longest long lasting companies through its most explosive development in The us?

This week I celebrated my 700th episode of The Compact Company Radio Show with Nicholas (Nick) Donofrio who began his job in 1964 at IBM. Ironically, I started off at IBM in 1981 for the first 9 yrs of my career. Nick lasted a whole lot for a longer time and remained there for 44 decades. His leadership positions integrated division president for state-of-the-art workshops, standard manager of the big-scale computing division, and government vice president of innovation and technological innovation.  He has a new ebook about his occupation at IBM referred to as “If Very little Changes, Nothing at all Changes”.

We mentioned:

How Nick begun at IBM simply because of his mother’s influence.

Nick shares stories about his unsuccessful to start with semester at RPI, and his poor supervisor reviews early in his occupation (and how these times reshaped him).

The hazard that the president of IBM at the time, Thomas J. Watson Jr took to carry to market place the Program 360 – the 1st authentic industrial laptop or computer.

The continuing influence of the mainframe just about 60 years afterwards – and Nick’s purpose in “saving” it all through the early 1990s. While other individuals were being contacting for IBM to be broken up, he was championing what a lot of in 1992 observed as a “dinosaur.”

How variety was central to the achievement of his groups and of IBM in common.

Why he mentored so numerous persons in his business profession and what he figured out from them. (He even labored with just one of my memorable IBM mentors, Jim Corgel.

How Nick was the 1st ever IBM executive to have “innovation” in his title and why IBM is even now not perceived as becoming the most revolutionary enterprise.

Listen to the entire interview on The Compact Organization Radio Demonstrate and support rejoice our 700th exhibit!

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Picture: Nicholas Donofrio