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The Pillar of Results

The competitive difference is not deciding what to do, but how to do it. Execution becomes paramount.

—Larry Bossidy, former CEO of Honeywell

It was touted as the device that would revolutionize the delivery of education in the developing world. Founded by Nicholas Negroponte, the former director of MIT Media Lab, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) was designed to supply 150 million laptops to children in the Third World by the end of 2008. But just three years after its launch in 2005, OLPC fell woefully short of expectations, jeopardizing the initial plan. The price projections overshot initial estimates, the actual development of the software as well as the laptop took longer than expected, countries that had promised to procure ...

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