Watson: Leadership


  • Leadership: Activities

    Activities related to the media clips in Leadership.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Leadership: Discussion Questions

    Discussion questions related to the media clips in Leadership.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Leadership | Segment 1

    Thomas J. Watson, Sr. was not a scientist or inventor but, through his leadership, he pushed the world of information processing into the mainstream and set the stage for the digital revolution that ultimately transformed the planet.

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  • Leadership | Segment 2

    Watson works at NCR and is mentored by John Patterson. His business philosophy & management style develops as he oversees a sales force of 1,000 employees and is appointed second in command. Watson's purposeful, methodical approach leads to "THINK".

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  • Leadership | Segment 3

    Watson is General Manager of CTR. In 1914 he travels to Endicott, NY and introduces himself to George F. Johnson, leader of the Endicott-Johnson Shoe Co. Johnson makes a huge impression on Watson and convinces him to keep CTR in the region.

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  • Leadership | Segment 4

    In 1918, Watson hosts a massive CTR convention in Endicott, NY. The Product Research division focuses on innovative business technologies. CTR files for legal name change and becomes IBM.

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  • Leadership | Segment 5

    In 1931, Watson laid out a vision for expansion of IBM plants in Endicott, NY with a focus on development of product and education of employees.

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  • Leadership | Segment 6

    Watson continues to invest & build even during the Great Depression. IBM Board of Directors question his decision making during this time.

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  • Leadership | Segment 7

    Demand for punchcard equipment increases & the Endicott plant employs 7,000. 1939 also marks Watson's 25th anniversary with IBM & company presence at the World Fair. Watson has tea with Hitler and accepts a medal from the German government.

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  • Leadership | Segment 8

    Women in IBM's workforce significantly increases during World War II. Female workers assume roles in factories, office settings, and management including the position of Vice President of Human Resources.

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  • Leadership | Segment 9

    A look into Watson's favorite event of the year, the 100% Club convention, an opportunity to interact with IBM salesmen and gather feedback directly from the field.

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  • Leadership | Segment 10

    The legacy of Thomas J. Watson, Sr. and the transition of IBM to his sons.

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