IBM Head Blessed by His Dad’s Confidence
Thomas J. Watson, Sr. , died six weeks after naming his son as the new head of IBM, the company the elder Watson had led for more than forty years. The junior Watson said his promotion made him “the most frightened man in America.” But he took the helm and led IBM into the computer era and ten-fold corporate growth. His success was made possible, he said later, by his dad’s confidence in him and his blessing on him during his college years, when he was more interested in flying airplanes than in studying or applying himself. (Today in the Word, February 7, 1997, p. 14).