It will never be possible to obtain anything resembling unanimity on the concrete ways to realize the basic beliefs and promises of American society. But on these beliefs and promises themselves the American people agree apparently with hardly a dissenting voice. Fundamentally, American political philosophy stands on the Christian basis of the uniqueness of the individual. From this follows (a) the promise of justice or, as we usually phrase it, of equal opportunities. From it also follows (b) the promise of individual fulfillment, of the "good life," or, in a perhaps more precise formulation, the promise of status and function as an individual.
Peter F. Drucker, 1964
The Concept of the Corporation
The Corporation as Social Institution
"Another thing that I want to mention tonight is that when men start in a business as large as ours, with as many different departments and different phases of work, it is not always possible for the supervisor to place them in exactly the spot they should occupy. If you feel that you are not a proper fit, talk to your supervisor.
We often get a round peg in a square hole or a square peg in a round hole and cannot make them fit. So if you feel that you are not properly fitted in, talk to your supervisor, ask him what he would think about moving you into some other department. If a man is not functioning 100% in one department it does not mean that he has to get out of The IBM. It means simply that he should look the ground over, talk to his supervisor and get placed where he will fit."
Thomas. J. Watson Sr.,, 1931
The World's Greatest Salesman
Steps in the Ladder of Success
Our basic belief is respect for the individual, for his rights and dignity. It follows from this principle that IBM should:
Thomas J. Watson Jr.
March 9, 2013