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The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it's very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer.

The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it's very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer.

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.

If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.

If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good. ---->>>

To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business and your business in your heart. ---->>>

The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm. ---->>>

Good design is good business.

Good design is good business.

Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?

Recently, I was asked if I was going to fire an employee who made a mistake that cost the company $600,000. No, I replied, I just spent $600,000 training him. Why would I want somebody to hire his experience?

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity.

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the danger of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity.

Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.

Whenever an individual or a business decides that success has been attained, progress stops.

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use. ---->>>

All the problems of the world could be settled easily if men were only willing to think. The trouble is that men very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work. ---->>>

You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that's where you'll find success - on the far side of failure.

You can be discouraged by failure, or you can learn from it. So go ahead and make mistakes, make all you can. Because, remember that's where you'll find success - on the far side of failure.

Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all... good design must primarily serve people.

Design must reflect the practical and aesthetic in business but above all... good design must primarily serve people.

Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, its progress stops. ---->>>

If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work. ---->>>

Every time we've moved ahead in IBM, it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block, and try something new.

Every time we've moved ahead in IBM, it was because someone was willing to take a chance, put his head on the block, and try something new.

Really big people are, above everything else, courteous, considerate and generous - not just to some people in some circumstances - but to everyone all the time. ---->>>

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.

Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.

The way to succeed is to double your error rate. ---->>>

You don't hear things that are bad about your company unless you ask. It is easy to hear good tidings, but you have to scratch to get the bad news. ---->>>

Don't make friends who are comfortable to be with. Make friends who will force you to lever yourself up. ---->>>

A manager is an assistant to his men. ---->>>

If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.

If you aren't playing well, the game isn't as much fun. When that happens I tell myself just to go out and play as I did when I was a kid.

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: February 17, 1874
Birthplace: Campbell, New York, U.S.
Die: 06-19, 1956
Occupation: Businessman
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Thomas John Watson Sr. (February 17, 1874 – June 19, 1956) was an American businessman. He served as the chairman and CEO of International Business Machines (IBM) He oversaw the company's growth into an international force from 1914 to 1956. Watson developed IBM's management style and corporate culture from John Henry Patterson's training at NCR (wikipedia)