Near death and a rite of passage

Near death and a - Near death and a rite of passage John T Chambers chairman and C.E.O of Cisco Systems says Jack Welch taught him that big

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Near death and a rite of passage John T. Chambers, chairman and C.E.O. of Cisco Systems, says Jack Welch taught him that big setbacks make great companies. August 2, 2009 CORNER OFFICE In a Near-Death Event, a Corporate Rite of  Passage  Q. What are the most important leadership lessons you’ve learned?  A. People think of us as a product of our successes. I’d actually argue that we’re  a product of the challenges we faced in life. And how we handled those  challenges probably had more to do with what we accomplish in life.  I had an issue with dyslexia before they understood what dyslexia was. One of  my teachers, Mrs. Anderson, taught me to look at it like a curveball. The ball  breaks the same way every time. Once you get used to it, you can handle it  pretty well. So I went from almost being embarrassed reading in front of a class — you  lose your place, and I read right to left — to the point where I knew I could  overcome challenges. I think it also taught me sensitivity toward others.  I learned another lesson from  Jack Welch . It was in 1998, and at that time we  were one of the most valuable companies in the world. I said, “Jack, what does  it take to have a great company?” And he said, “It takes major setbacks and  overcoming those.”  I hesitated for a minute, and I said, “Well, we did that in ’93 and then we did it 
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