Thomas Watson

1874 - 1956

A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on change and progress

We progress because we are willing to change.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on business, employees, leadership, philosophy, profit, and words

Put First Things First! These four words cover an entire philosophy which can be applied with profit by every business leader, by every executive and by every employee.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on needs and spirit

There is more real need for the pioneering spirit today than ever before.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on business, country, depression, genius, history, justice, people, prosperity, and talent

It is my personal opinion that we are going to recover from this depression and establish on a sounder and better basis, and we are going to reach greater heights of prosperity than ever before in this country. Now, that is just my personal opinion, but it is based on history, because that is what has happened following every depression. As we read the history of the various depressions we find that the people all felt about them just as we do about this one. One of the reasons we go ahead rapidly after coming out of a depression is that inventive genius and business talents have been put to a test, and they have always devised new and better ways to do things.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on life

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Life itself is a matter of salesmanship.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on clothes, conservatism, individuality, men, personality, personality, present, and time

To the salesmen, Watson preached individuality and conservatism at the same time: Some men think that personality can be acquired by wearing unusual clothes or by saying something unusual. That is where many young men are wrong. Present your proposition in your own natural way, always keeping your personality behind your product.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas and Marva Belden in The Life of Thomas J. Watson, 1962, Little, Brown and Co.

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on certainty, company, employees, family, life, privacy, and reputation

Membership in the IBM family exacted certain standards of conduct. The reputation of the company was in the hands of everyone who worked for it, Watson insisted. Therefore, his employees were warned against doing anything, even in their private lives, which would be to the discredit of the organization.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on failure and success

If you want to succeed, double your failure rate.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on faults and opportunity

If we do not take advantage of our opportunities, it is our own fault.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on belief, courage, country, and needs

What we need in this country today is more courage and more belief in the things that we have.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

Source: Thomas J. Watson in Men–Minutes–Money, a Collection of Excerpts from Talks . . .

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