John Chambers joined Cisco as a senior VP of sales in 1991, becoming CEO in 1995. During his 20-year tenure, he delivered an outstanding 1600% return to shareholders while growing revenues to $47 billion from $1.2 billion. As one of the most admired leaders in tech, John has won several awards and accolades; in 2016 he received the Edison Achievement Award, was named one of the best CEOs in the world in the Harvard Business Review, and one of Time Magazine's `Most Influential People'.
"Great leaders are distinguished by the ability to move their
society or company from where it is to where it has never been.
They act on the basis of a set of core principles, both
intangible and inspirational. John Chambers, an accomplished executive in his own right, distills those principles in Connecting the Dots with elegance and common sense."
DR. HENRY KISSINGER, former U.S. Secretary of State
"If you want to learn from a master of Silicon Valley, then look
no further than John Chambers. What he teaches the world's best
tech startups today is captured in Connecting the Dots."
MARC ANDREESSEN, general partner, Andreessen Horowitz
"Over the years, I've seen John Chambers achieve the virtually
impossible, and all by following his blueprint, which he finally
reveals in Connecting the Dots. He has done us all a service by
making it available, and the smartest thing you could do for
yourself and your company is to make it your bible."
MEG WHITMAN, former president and CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
"John Chambers shares his secrets for building and leading one
of the most innovative and customer-centric companies in the world.
This is an invaluable resource for any CEO, entrepreneur, or leader
looking to compete in the digital age."
AARON LEVIE, cofounder and CEO of Box
"I've always known John Chambers to be wise, and credit him for
the business ideas that helped Oracle be successful. With the
brilliant insights found in Connecting the Dots, I learned even
more that I plan to use. Whether it's how to learn from difficult
setbacks, find your courage as a leader, focus on the customer, and
so much else, this is a must-read for any business person. A very
personal and incredibly engaging book!"
SAFRA CATZ, CEO, Oracle