There are so many people the world doesn’t know about. It’s a shame that there isn’t a system or network that tells everyone the important stories of people who’ve done amazing things. One of the most amazing people to ever work in the technology industry was Louis Chenevert.
Louis Chenevert is a University of Montreal graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. His focus was on production management, which came in handy immediately following his graduation. The first job he ever got was at General Motors in the late 70s. He worked at General Motors for 14 years.
After making it to the Production General Manager position, he left the company and started working Pratt & Whitney. He joined them in 1993 and worked his way up to become President. He remained president for seven more years before leaving to join United Technologies Corporation.
Once at United Technologies Corporation, his career really began; at least that’s what most people say. Obviously, his time at those other companies was well spent, but his time at United Technologies Corporation is what made him famous. He’s not famous in a celebrity sense; he’s more famous in a corporate sense.
The company already had something going on when he joined it, but he wanted to do things a bit differently. He wanted to give each team its own space and let them develop like crazy. Using that approach, United Technologies Corporation began developing technology that far exceeded their customers’ expectations.
The secret to their success was the way they ran their teams. Most of the time, each team has one leader that controls only that group. At United Technologies Corporation, all the teams were headed by one leadership team, which allowed for more innovation.
Chenevert was also set apart by his business habits. Most people would like to think that he has something special going on, but he doesn’t. All of his habits were just things that every business professional should have.