There are a lot of Harold Geneen stories, and he’s added to them in his latest incarnation as author and critic of American management. Managing, by Harold Geneen with Alvin Moscow. New York Double- day, , pp., $ In recent times, there has been a surge of interest in the role of. The former Chairman of the Board of ITT provides an informative and experienced look at the principles and practices of good business management.

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May 08, Peter rated it it was amazing Shelves: ITT had over profit centres and employed half a million people in 4 continents. ITT also became known as the Geneen University for his consistent delivery of positive commercial results. This was the first book I ever read on management while I was an electronic engineering student bac Managing Managing is Harold Geneen’s story, of how he rose through executive positions until he became CEO of ITT, making ITT the greatest conglomerate in the world and almost defining the term ‘multi-national’.

This was the first book I ever read on management while I was an electronic engineering student back in the early s, and had no exposure to management.

Nevertheless, the advice and insights have never left me and there were principles avowed in this book that I have committed most of my career to. Mangement must manage Management and Leadership are interlinked but very different Executive egotism is the most dangerous force to the well-being of a company If your desk isn’t cluttered you’re probably not working The emotional attitude, responsibility, authority and leadership from the top executives of a company will drive the culture and ultimately its success.

Throughout my career, I have seen CEOs and other C-level executives approach company culture harokd a, “do as I say not as I do” philosophy and I have never seen it work yet.


As barold C-level executive if you do not have passion, commitment, integrity, and confidence NOT arrogance then it is impossible to engender it in those that work for you. Geneen epitomised the culture at ITT. If you judge a book by the impact it had on you, then for me this is an exceptional book that has shaped my behaviour and principles in business.

Reading it today, it feels dated and it probably wouldn’t have geneem same impact on readers nowadays, but it is still one of the great insights in a world-renowned and immensely successful business leader.

Geneen was a prolific reader of books, which is another admirable trait. Jan 23, James rated it did not like it. I think that Geneen is a great manager if you’re an investor and terrible for everyone else.

He views factors like the economy and natural disasters are immaterial for failure and assumes unpaid overtime is the solution to everything. He speaks against family time and philanthropy in favor of more hours and output.

Harold Geneen

Basically, he’s the boss from hell. While I respect his knowledge and accomplishments, I couldn’t disagree with his style more.

He pushes all the information and power up to the top, t I think that Geneen is a great manager if you’re an investor and terrible for everyone harols. He pushes all the information and power up to the top, to key people, and then makes sure those key people are good and rides them including himself.

Works great until someone has an aneurysm or gets hit by a bus or goes to the competition, says I. I think the best strategy gneeen to move away from the imperial executive and go to a more distributed system, where everyone is valuable and having fun and contributing. I think that companies run like that have the best long term success.

Human investments are worst when used as pump and dump – they mature exponentially as time goes on, snowballing wisdom and experience and growing ever more productive.

The best system makes those people stay and reap as much of the tail end of the integral as possible.

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Geneen, I think, would not agree. Mar 01, Henry Jones rated it it was amazing. Mr Geneen, though tyrannical, is correct to a great extent. I’ve re-read this book many times, and, each time, I learn a little more that I realize is true. I recommend it to anyone who wants a business career. Jul 05, Mark rated it it was amazing. Not everyone would agree Not a popular message today but the Geneen that comes through in the book is not concerned about popularity.


Jan 30, Wessel van der Merwe rated it it was ok Shelves: A tough man but good common sense mnagement and hard work Philosophy.

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Jul 03, Alex Bain rated it really liked it. Recommended by a friend. Harold Geneen discusses some of the ways he managed his extremely successful company. John rated it really liked it Apr 07, Jim rated it liked it Jun 16, Jesse Duncan rated it really liked it Mar 18, Pete Williams rated it really liked it Dec 17, Sean rated it really liked it Oct 10, BJ rated it it was amazing Dec 23, Juan rated it really liked it Sep 18, Bob Congdon rated it it was gemeen Dec 17, Jeremy Barton rated it really liked it Jun 09, Martin Au rated it it was amazing Apr 21, Mark Essig rated it it was amazing May 04, Salvador Felix rated it really liked it Dec 12, geeneen Michael Vetterli rated it it was amazing May 27, Din Cordero rated it it was amazing Jun 08, Jalen rated it it was amazing Dec 31, Shu rated it really liked it Oct 05, Dextra rated harokd really liked it Oct 10, WarrenDM rated it liked it Sep 04, Mark Smith rated it liked it Jul 11, Laura Willming rated it liked it Jan 17, Amna rated it really liked it Nov 20, Brian Tate rated it it was amazing Mar 06, Thomas Tanel rated it really liked it Aug 05, John rated it nanaging was amazing Feb 16, There heneen no hatold topics on this book yet.

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