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Movin’ on up

Charles Harwood tells how he climbed the ladder

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Charles Harwood spent 10 years as president of N.V. Philips’ integrated circuit company in America. Under his watch, the division’s annual sales reached $700 million and it built up to 10,000 employees.

For Harwood, self-awareness is the key to success. Each of his seven major promotions resulted from his ability to know what his bosses wanted and exceed their expectations.

In this interview Harwood, now retired, shares his insights into getting ahead.

WS: Was your goal to become president when you started out?

Harwood: I went to Harvard Business School, where everyone assumes you’ll be the president of something! But I didn’t really think that way. I was too busy running around keeping up with my bosses, who kept saying, “Harwood do this, Harwood do that.”

WS: Did you map out a career path?

Harwood: No. I started at Corning, the glass company, as a shift foreman. I supervised 25 people. After two years, I was a general fore...(register to read more)

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