You are just the latest protégé in a long lineage of IBM technical advances.
Your forbearer, Watson’s IBM, was founded on beliefs and principles. It was formed and forged in the economic fires of fourteen recessions and the Great Depression. It drew deeply from the heart, soul and character of its founding father and his son. It appealed to the finest in us. It treated profits as the body does air—necessary, but not the essence of a life well lived. Even during the century’s greatest economic downturn, it sought out and hired worthy men. It stood for ninety-seven years.
This was Watson’s IBM and it is in great jeopardy.
One day you will be asked a perilous question, “How can we drip ever larger droplets of black ink on white income statements to further accelerate earnings-per-share?” Your answer will determine if you are just IBM’s Watson or an heir of Watson’s IBM.