Mike Duke’s job as CEO of Walmart began with a flop.
Project Impact, a plan to streamline and brighten up stores, had actually dampened sales. Within a year, Duke turned that ship around by bringing back products and replacing executives.
Duke grew up in rural Georgia. In school, he excelled at math and science and threw himself into baseball and football.
A teammate remembers him as a smart, nice guy who brought more desire than talent to the game: “He was one of those players who just didn’t quit. He was tougher than he ought to have been on the field.”
By his senior year in high school, Duke had become a leader, winning election as class president and the sportsmanship award on his football team.
After studying industrial engineering at Georgia Tech, Duke went into retail and became a specialist in logistics. CEO Lee Scott recruited him in 1995 to be his deputy, running logistics for Walmart.
“I never actually thought about Mike working for me,” Scott says. “We worked together.”
Within months, Scott slid over to head up merchandising and Duke was promoted to run logistics. The pattern repeated as both men advanced. Thanks to Duke’s detail-mindedness with data and scheduling, Scott thinks his successor is a better manager than he was himself.
“Mike is disciplined,” says Scott, “and I think that causes him to be able to accomplish a great deal.
“Mike is not only a good leader but a really good manager,” he says. “There’s so much said today about. But I don’t think in business you can forget the fact that you don’t just have to lead, you have to manage.”
— Adapted from “Meet the CEO of the Biggest Company on Earth,” Brian O’Keefe, Fortune.
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/32623/dukes-secret-at-walmart-logistics "