Good Power: Leading Positive Change in Our Lives, Work, and World

  • 9h 24m 34s
  • Ginni Rometty
  • Gildan Media
  • 2023

One of the world's most respected leaders, former IBM CEO Ginni Rometty overcame childhood and financial struggles to embark on a groundbreaking career that took her from entry-level engineer to eight years as the first woman CEO of an iconic global company.

Forty years in business and public advocacy taught Rometty the transformative power of leadership that blends authenticity, relationships, and curiosity with vision, rigor, and conviction. In her personable yet direct voice, Rometty reveals experiences that taught her how to orchestrate change for clients, companies, and communities. Her lessons and stories offer a blueprint for how we can all drive meaningful change in positive ways-a concept she calls "good power."

The book begins with raw, vivid memories from Rometty's youth and early professional life as she reflects on the trauma and role models that influenced how she later thought about good power. Rometty then shares how she strived to use good power during her career and as a transformative CEO. Five principles-be in service of many stakeholders, build belief among skeptics, make tough choices, champion tech ethics and inclusion, be resilient-show how to navigate tension and build trust on the path to real change. She also shows how good power can scale to address urgent societal issues, even in our polarizing times.

About the Author

Ginni Rometty was the ninth Chairman, President, and CEO of IBM. Under her leadership, the 100-year-old company reinvented 50 percent of its portfolio, built a $25 billion hybrid cloud business, and established leadership in AI and quantum computing. Rometty also drove record results in diversity and inclusion and supported the explosive growth of an innovative high school program to prepare the workforce of the future in more than twenty-eight countries. Through her work with the Business Roundtable, Rometty helped redefine the purpose of the corporation. She has been named Fortune's #1 Most Powerful Woman three years in a row, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and was honored with the designation of Officier in the French Légion d'Honneur. Today Rometty serves on multiple boards and cochairs OneTen, a coalition committed to upskilling, hiring, and promoting one million Black Americans by 2030 into family-sustaining jobs and careers. She is married to Mark Rometty.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Owning my roots
  • Chapter 2 - Expanding my world
  • Chapter 3 - Listening to my heart
  • Chapter 4 - Learning to learn
  • Chapter 5 - Being uncomfortable
  • Chapter 6 - Being in service of
  • Chapter 7 - Building belief
  • Chapter 8 - Knowing what must change, what must endure
  • Chapter 9 - Stewarding good tech
  • Chapter 10 - Being resilient
  • Chapter 11 - Envisioning a better future for more people
  • Chapter 12 - Thinking systemically
  • Chapter 13 - Creating a movement