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" You need to have a great support around you, people that empathise, understand and yet support, because these CEO jobs are all-consuming. "
" You make the right decision for the long run. You manage for the long run, and you continue to move to higher value. That's what I think my job is. "
" Some people make their choice on size. I happen to not be a believer in that. I've often said, especially in an industry that's clamoring for growth, if I wanted size, I wouldn't have divested $8 billion of businesses. "
" We have started something called the Corporate Services Corps. Now, it was modeled after the Peace Corps from long ago, the 1960s. And the idea was in this modern day and age, how do you get IBM'ers around the world to be global citizens? You know, globally aware, contribute, understand how to work in that environment, but do it on scale. "
" Steward for the long term. It's not always easy, but you do it. "
" I am big on - even with our whole team - it's always about, well, what were the lessons learned? Something didn't work out? What are the lessons learned? What are the lessons learned? "
" I think, given who the IBM target company is, I feel our purpose is to be essential to our clients. "
" When you remove layers, simplicity and speed happen. "
" And so when I moved to IBM, I moved because I thought I could apply technology. I didn't actually have to do my engineer - I was an electrical engineer, but I could apply it. And that was when I changed. And when I got there, though, I have to say, at the time, I really never felt there was a constraint about being a woman. I really did not. "
" When you're on a scale like we are in 170 countries and hundreds of thousands of people, you have a single point of view. "
Point Of View
" The amazing thing about IBM is that it's a company where I have had 10 different careers - local jobs, global jobs, technology jobs, industry jobs, financial services, insurance, start-ups, big scale. The network of talent around you is phenomenal. "
" India... what a big part you play in this story for IBM and for the world. "
" Artificial intelligence is one of 50 things that Watson does. There is also machine learning, text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and different analytical engines - they're like little Lego bricks. You can put intelligence in any product or any process you have. "
" No matter what it is, you put too much, your heart and soul in it, you have to be passionate about it. You make too many sacrifices. "
" You build your own strategy. You don't define it by what another competitor is doing. "
" The ultimate competitive advantage is being cognitive. "
" The recommendation when I'm mentoring folks, I always tell them - and we talked about this last year - take a risk. "
" As I tell all our folks, the only reason we exist - make no mistake - is our clients. "
" You define yourself by either what your clients want or what you believe they'll need for the future. So: Define yourself by your client, not your competitor. "
" With this emergence of big data and social mobility, you will, in fact, see the death of 'average,' Instead, you will see the era of you. "
" I am very practical. "
" When you manage your company for long-term shareholders, and you manage the company for clients, two of the biggest stakeholders, you will make the right decisions. "
" India will not be at the center - it will be the center of this fourth technology shift. "
" Don't protect your past. Don't protect your products. "
" I never look at an acquisition really by size. "
" Every day I get to 'Think' and work on everything from digitizing electric grids so they can accommodate renewable energy and enable mass adoption of electric cars, helping major cities reduce congestion and pollution, to developing new micro-finance programs that help tiny businesses get started in markets such as Brazil, India, Africa. "
" If it's digital, it will be cognitive. If you think that, you're going to change the way you run a business. "
" Be first and be lonely. "
" Above and beyond, not only are we an innovation company, we are in service of our clients. "
" Everyone talks about how much data's in the world. Except, actually, 80% of it is pretty blind to computers. I mean, it can store it. But if it's a movie, a poem, a song, it doesn't know what it's actually saying or doing. "
" When my father left us, my mother went back to school immediately. She went to school in the day while we were at school, and she worked at night. She worked very hard to never let someone define her as a victim or a failure. "