"Charley Ellis has written a magnificent portrait, capturing the indomitable spirit of Joe Wilson and his instinctive understanding of the need for and commercial usefulness of a transforming imaging technology. Joe Wilson and his extraordinary team, which I had the good fortune to first meet in 1960, epitomized the wonderful observation of George Bernard Shaw who said, 'Some look at things that are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were and ask why not?' Xerox and xerography are not only a part of our vocabulary, but part of our everyday life. Charley Ellis gives the reader a poignant understanding of just how this happened through the life, adventures, critical business decisions, and dreams of Joseph Wilson and a cadre of remarkable individuals. This book will surely join the library of memorable biographies that capture the building of America into a risk-tolerant, technologically sophisticated, idea-oriented society that thrives by understanding what Charles Darwin really said: 'Survival will be neither to the strongest of the species, nor to the most intelligent, but to those most adaptable to change.'" -Frederick Frank, Vice Chairman, Lehman Brothers Inc.
CHARLES D. ELLIS is a recognized expert on business management. For thirty years, he was managing partner of Greenwich Associates, the leading worldwide strategy consultant to the financial services industry, which he founded and where he developed close working relationships with senior executives at most of the major investment firms in North America, Asia, and Europe. His other activities include teaching the Investment Management course at both Yale School of Management and Harvard Business School; chairing CFA Institute, the investment professionals' organization; serving as a Director of Vanguard; advising some of the world's largest investing institutions; and chairing the investment committees at the Whitehead Institute and Yale University. He is one of ten individuals recognized by the investment profession for lifetime leadership. Among his eleven prior books is Capital: The Story of Long-Term Investment Excellence (Wiley).
Introduction by Anne M. Mulcahy, Chairman and CEO of Xerox Corporation. Foreword by Joel Podolny, Dean, Yale School of Management. 1 Early Years. 2 Peggy. 3 The Thirties. 4 Years of Struggle. 5 Chet Carlson. 6 Battelle. 7 Contact-Just Barely. 8 Sol Linowitz. 9 Toward Xerox. 10 The University. 11 Worst of Times, Best of Times. 12 Joe Wilson. 13 IBM, RCA, and GE. 14 Gathering Strength in Finance. 15 Building the Organization. 16 Going International. 17 Going It Alone. 18 5. 19 The 914. 20 Go! 21 Getting on Message. 22 Xerox: Zoom-Zoom. 23 Fuji-Xerox. 24 Challenges of Success. 25 Minister Florence. 26 LIFE. 27 Public Service. 28 Winding Down. 29 No Longer CEO. 30 At the Rockefellers'. Afterword. Joe Wilson: In His Own Words. Acknowledgments. Index.
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