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What Makes Great Leaders Great by Frank Arnold

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CHAPTER 34

Nurture and Develop People

LEARNING FROM

David Packard

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Together with Bill Hewlett, in 1939 David Packard (1912–1996) founded the Hewlett-Packard Company, with seed capital of just $538. In the manner befitting a high-tech legend, Hewlett-Packard began in a garage in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley. The garage is still standing today, at Addison Avenue 367, near Stanford University and is a historic landmark, whose memorial plaque bears the venerable words “Birthplace of Silicon Valley.

Right from the start, the two founders of the company gave their employees tremendous room to maneuver, which was anything but typical for the form of management ...

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