“Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving.”
-Michael J. Gelb
Background and Challenges
- Azim Premji was born in 1945, in Bombay India, as the son of M.H Premji. Azim's father was an entrepreneur who started a manufacturing and distribution company called Western India Vegetable Products around the time that Azim was born.
- Azim enrolled into Stanford University to study engineering with the hope of obtaining his degree and developing policy for the Third World country at the World Bank.
- Before he completed his studies he received a call from his mother, Gulbanoo Premji in India with the news that his father had passed of a heart attack and that he was needed to come back and run the family business.
"Life is a continuous exercise in creative problem solving."
–Michael J. Gelb
He was born on March 31st, 1948, in the District of Columbia. His early education began in Washington, D.C. and after high school he went on to attend Harvard. He was a member of the student body during some of the most serious anti-war sentiment that was sweeping through college campuses around the nation.
“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.” -Theodore Rubin
- She was the baker and bread maker for her seven siblings and parents.
- Only had a ninth grade education.
“The leader has to be practical and a realist yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist”. Eric Hoffer
“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)
- He created one of the most prestigious and innovative auto companies the world has ever known.
“We lift ourselves by our thought; we climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always, everywhere – your ideal of what you long to attain – the ideal of health, efficiency, success.” Orison Swett Marden (1850 – 1924)
- He never attended college because of his mother’s illness and an accident in which he lost a number of teeth while playing hockey in high school.