On Leadership

“Marvin Bower was a great leader and a great teacher. He did not believe leadership could be taught, but he did believe it could be learned. I had the opportunity to observe his deep personal influence on legions of business people and colleagues one by one. For that was his way. One by one.” –John H. McArthur, Dean of the Harvard Business School (1980-1995)

On Respect

“I worked with Marvin over many years. What I remember most of Marvin Bower was that when I was 83 and he was 89, we had lockers close by at Blindbrook. And he always had time to ask and listen to my opinion of issues of the day, even though I was no longer chairman of GE.” –Reg Jones, Chairman CEO, General Electric (1972-1981)

On Timeliness

“The book is very timely. It is critical that the youth in this country do not view business as a valueless profession, despite the fact that several recent leaders have shown they did not have values. It is critical that the leaders and the youth begin to express and live values the way Marvin did.” –Randy Hogan, President, Pentair

On Admiration

“My admiration for Marvin amounts to hero-worship. My partners are sick to death of hearing me exhort them to conduct our business the way McKinsey conducts theirs.” –David Ogilvy, Founder Ogilvy & Mather

On Community

“I remember Marvin marching into my office one day 35 years ago. ‘What are you going to do to give something back?’ he asked. ‘Come with me.’ We went together to a meeting on public-school reform, something I’m still involved in.” –Lou Gerstner, Chairman & CEO, IBM (1993-2002)

On The Book

“A wonderful book about a wonderful man. In many ways, Marvin’s McKinsey framed the hypotheses in our own search for excellence – for example, passion for values, belief in people as the prime resource, and willingness to let people experiment. As well as I thought I knew Marvin, however, this remarkable book, drawing on the collective memories of those who worked most closely with him, taught me a ton about how extraordinary the man really was and what made him that way. Many have called Drucker the man who invented management; I think history will conclude that both he and Marvin Bower share that pedestal.” –Bob Waterman, Coauthor of In Search of Excellence

Reading about corporate scandals tells you about how wrong people can go. This book paints a vivid picture of how right things can be

Marvin with Teddy Whitehead, courtesy David Ogilvy