Thomas Watson

1874 - 1956

A Quote by Thomas J. Watson on belief, individuality, teaching, trying, and words

I believe in getting behind the individual and backing him up, helping him to strengthen himself, making him feel that there is someone endeavoring to help him, trying to be an assistant to him, and bringing out the best there is in him-in other words, teaching him to teach himself, and in that way strengthen the entire 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 business, mankind, and world

A message from Paris to demonstrate the International Radiotype at the National Business Show in NYC, October 16, 1933: We shall find ourselves in a better world than mankind has ever known.

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 acceptance, character, courage, hope, responsibility, spirituality, and strength

None of us can hope to get anywhere without character, moral courage and the spiritual strength to accept responsibility.

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 aim, ambition, company, friendship, and hope

Watson's motto at the first CTR conventions: Your company is your friend. That is my hope and aim and ambition.

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 courage, determination, endurance, faith, obstacles, and speech

Speech celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge, May 24, 1933: It was courage, faith, endurance and a dogged determination to surmount all obstacles that built this bridge.

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 attitude, business, drinking, pleasure, and purpose

Watson clearly spelled out his attitude about drinking, prohibiting liquor at IBM functions, on IBM premises, for IBM purposes: You can mix your drinking with pleasure, but not with our business.

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 business, company, education, graduation, knowledge, men, men and women, money, schools, and women

We are willing to spend any reasonable amount of money on education in our organization, because we have a group of men and women in our business who are constantly seeking knowledge, knowing that is the way to make themselves more valuable to the company and, automatically, more valuable to themselves. We are working out a plan that is going to take in everybody in the organization. We are going to have post graduate schools for our men in the field, and post graduate schools for our executives-and many of them.

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 encouragement

Encouragement isa a necessary part of supervision.

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 america, business, country, future, and judgment

When I speak about the future development of our business, I want to include every other business in the United States. In my judgment, every legitimate business in our country today has a far better future ahead of it than it has ever had 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 ability, advertising, america, creativity, desires, education, fulfillment, life, progress, work, and path

A message regarding the annual convention of the Advertising Federation of America in NYC, June 14-18, 1931. Advertising has illuminated the path of progress. . . . In building up desire, advertising has spurred new endeavors. It is their creative work, their dynamic presentations of products, their ability to teach and educate which have made each of us desire better things. And in the fulfillment of our desires, we have reached for and attained higher pinnacles in living standards and a clearer conception of the values of life itself.

Thomas Watson (1874 - 1956)

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

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