Notes About "Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?" by Lou Gerstner

I finished reading “Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?” an autobiography of Lou Gerstner, CEO of IBM from 1993 to 2002, and I can say without hesitation that it’s one of the best business books I’ve read in decades.

First, a quote that quite faithfully illustrates the spirit of the book:

“People who aren’t forced to deal with technology rarely make the effort to understand either its possibilities or its limitations. In the nuclear era, maybe that was all right. But for technologies as pervasive as the ones we’re dealing wich today, I believe we’ll need leaders in government, business, and policy-making roles who commit themselves to the challenge of lifelong learning in order to bring society into sync with the science.”

Here are some notes (quite a few actually!) I took while reading it.

1. Grabbing Hold

2. Strategy

3. Culture

Chapter 20 is by far the most important chapter in the book.

4. Learnings

Appendix B