How John Chambers turned more than 10,000 employees into millionaires – Connecting The Dots: Leadership Lessons in a Startup World
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In Connecting The Dots: Leadership Lessons in a Startup World, Silicon Valley visionary John Chambers shares the lessons that transformed a dyslexic kid from West Virginia into one of the world’s best business leaders and turned a simple router company into a global tech titan.
With numerous start-ups moving from zero to a billion to bankruptcy in a matter of years, it’s clear that sustaining a business in the digital age is no walk in the park.
Over 20 years, John Chambers transformed a company with 400 employees and one toaster-sized product (a router) into a tech giant that’s the backbone of the internet. Along the way, he’s outlasted and outmaneuvered practically every rival that ever tried to take Cisco on – Nortel, Lucent, Alcatel, IBM, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard, to name a few – and turned more than 10,000 employees into millionaires, more than any company in history.
When Chambers stepped down as executive chairman in December of 2017, he left a company that didn’t just shape the first internet era but is leading the next wave of innovation in areas from cyber-security to self-driving cars.
Now, in collaboration with award-winning journalist Diane Brady, Chambers shares the stories and strategies that helped his company win again and again through multiple market shifts. Posing a unique mode of thought proven to attain success, the message of this book is clear; it is not the biggest or the richest players who win, but the ones who are able to stay ahead of the trend by connecting the dots.
Both enlightening and practical, this is essential reading to inspire a new generation of leaders.