Category Archives: GREAT BUSINESS LEADERS – IN ENGLISH

MEDIA INNOVATOR OPRAH WINFREY: STAYING POSITIVE HELPED HER CLIMB TO THE TOP 

Early in the summer of 1993, Oprah Winfrey was in Miami at the annual American Booksellers Association convention. Alfred A. Knopf was set to publish Winfrey’s memoir that fall, and the talk show host was there to press the flesh. … Continue reading

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SELF-HELP PIONEER DALE CARNEGIE: HE WON FRIENDS AND INFLUENCED MANY PEOPLE

  If ever there were a sad sack who needed the keep-your-chin-up advice of Dale Carnegie [1888-1955], it was Dale Carnegie. Until he published How to Win Friends and Influence People in 1936, the founding guru of the self-help movement … Continue reading

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PUBLISHER KATHARINE GRAHAM: SHE BUILT HER CAREER ON PERSISTENCE AND INTEGRITY

Katharine Graham [1917-2001] transformed herself from a shy woman of privilege into one of America’s most powerful publishers by calling on her inner strength and steely resolve. The former publisher of the Washington Post and chief executive and chairman of … Continue reading

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CHEWING GUM MOGUL WILLIAM WRIGLEY JR.: HE STUCK TO HIS VISION

 When William Wrigley Jr. hit the road from Philadelphia to Chicagto in 1891, he had just $32 in his pocket. Yet he wasn’t worried. He’d overcome worse obstacles. For insurance, he’d been kicked out of school repeatedly. Low funds were … Continue reading

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COCA-COLA’S ROBERT WOODRUFF: HE MADE THE REAL THING

Robert Woodruff was no slacker when it came to quality. And to get it from his employees, he sometimes stirred things up. One day in 1926, the chief executive of Coca-Cola Co. called his salesmen together. He said their jobs … Continue reading

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INDUSTRIALIST ANDREW CARNEGIE: His Innovations Led The U.S. Into The Steel Age

  Fourteen-year-old Andrew Carnegie saw his messenger job at Western Union as one thing – an opportunity to move up. He had a concrete plan too: Do more than was expected, so he’d ge noticed by his bosses. He started … Continue reading

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GE’s JACK WELCH: HIS INNOVATION SEALED THE COMPANY’s SUCCESS

Jack Welch launched a revolution at General Electric Co. by drawing three circles on a pad of paper. The company’s new chief executive illustrated his battle plan in 1982 to fellow GE executive James Baughman. Welch was going to transform … Continue reading

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MCDONALD’S RAY KROC: He Cooked Up A Winner

Ray Kroc believed that never was a good time to stop growing. Kroc [1902-84] was already 52 years old when he got the franchising rights to a small hamburger stand started by Dick and Mac McDonald in San Bernardino, Calif. … Continue reading

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COSMETICS QUEEN MARY KAY ASH: She Made Beauty A Big Seller

It wasn’t worrying about what went wrong, thought Mary Kay Ash [1915-2001]; it was all about focusing on what was going right. She’d retired in 1963 after spending 25 years working for several companies in direct sales. As she wrote … Continue reading

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WALT-MART FOUNDER SAM WALTON

He Learned From Competitors And Then Went His Own Way  Sam Walton felt sick to his stomach. It was 1950, and he’s just spent five years turning his first store – a five-and-dime Ben Franklin franchise in Newport, Ark. – … Continue reading

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