After the Chief, in Native American culture the next most important person was the Storyteller. Trusted with the history, myths and spiritual lifeblood of the tribe, they used stories to illustrate what had made them great. Lessons in leadership, honour, love and tragedy were all conveyed through these, creating and sustaining culture over centuries.
If you claim to be innovators or profess to having a no-blame culture; when reality really matches the rhetoric… it builds your culture. Stories like this that I found on mbiconcepts.com build culture…
IBM had survived The Great Depression. Gambling on a post war boom, President, Thomas J Watson Sr. had maintained IBM’s employment levels throughout increasing inventories when there was little demand. Excess machinery and parts crowded basements and filled every nook-and-cranny of the company.
Some on the board of directors, because of this, were lobbying to remove him as IBM’s President.
Thomas needed these inventories sold.