Matsushita Leadership (Google eBook)

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 28, 2010 - Business & Economics - 320 pages
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He was one of the most inspirational role models of all time. Thrown into poverty at age four, Konosuke Matsushita (Mat-SOSH-ta) struggled with the early deaths of family members, an apprenticeship which demanded sixteen-hour days at age nine, all the problems associated with starting a business with neither money nor connections, the death of his only son, the Great Depression, the horror of World War II in Japan, and more. Yet John P. Kotter shows in this fascinating and instructive book how, instead of being ground down by these hardships, Matsushita grew to be a fabulously successful entrepreneur and business leader, the founder of Japan's General Electric: the $65 billion a year Matsushita Electric Corporation.

His accomplishments as a leader, author, educator, philanthropist, and management innovator are astonishing, and outshine even Soichiro Honda, J.C. Penney, Sam Walton, and Henry Ford. In this immensely readable book, Kotter relates how Matsushita created a large business, invented management practices that are increasingly being used today, helped lead his country's economic miracle after World War II wrote dozens of books in his latter years, founded a graduate school of leadership, created Japan's version of a Nobel Prize, and gave away hundreds of millions to good causes.

The Matsushita story expands our notion of the possible, even for a sickly youngster who did not have the benefit of a privileged background, education, good looks, or a charismatic presence. It tells us much about leadership, entrepreneurship, a drive for lifelong learning, and their roots. It demonstrates the power of a longterm outlook, idealistic goals, and humility in the face of great success.

Matsushita Leadership is both a biography and a set of lessons for careers and corporations in the 21st century. An inspirational story and a business primer, the implications are powerful, for organizations and for living a meaningful life.
  

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Contents

PREFACE
1THE LEGACY
STUDENT APPRENTICE EMPLOYEE18941917
1843
2EARLY LOSS AND ITS CONSEQUENCES
1844
3GROWTH THROUGH HARDSHIP
1858
4RESPONSIBILITY AND EXPOSURE AT AN EARLY AGE
1874
MERCHANT ENTREPRENEUR19171931
1886
5RISK TAKING PERSEVERANCE AND THE LAUNCHING OF A BUSINESS
1887
INSTITUTIONAL LEADER19461970
1945
11UP FROM ASHES
1945
12THE GLOBALIZATION OF AN ENTERPRISE
1945
13FIGHTING ARROGANCE AND COMPLACENCY
1942
PHILOSOPHER AND EDUCATOR19701989
1965
14THE STUDY OF HUMAN NATURE
1966
15BOOKS AND PHILANTHROPIES
1976
16EDUCATING FOR LEADERSHIP
1976

6UNCONVENTIONAL STRATEGIES
1906
7COPING WITH ECONOMIC HARD TIMES
1925
BUSINESS LEADER19311946
1903
8A MISSION FOR THE CORPORATION
1904
9CREATING THE DIVISION SYSTEM
1921
10WORLD WAR II
1943
WITH A HUMBLE HEART AND AN OPEN MIND
1945
A COMMENT ON SOURCES
1955
NOTES
1956
INDEX
1994
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
2009
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About the author (2010)

John P. Kotter has been on the Harvard faculty for twenty-five years. He is the author of eight best-selling business books and a frequent speaker at management meetings around the world. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts and on Squam Lake in New Hampshire with his wife, Nancy Dearman, and their children, Caroline and Jonathan.

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