They say that an unexamined life is not worth living. I would also add to that that great lives unexamined will never be repeated. In other words, if you look to great men, you may be able to copy their legacy. I think one great man to look at is Louis Chenevert.
Chenevert began acquiring the skills necessary to lead UTC when he attended the HEC of Montreal, a branch school of the prestigious University of Montreal. Here he wowed his professors as he gained a degree in Production Management.
Through his vast network that he established in university, Chenevert was able to land a career at General Motors. Chenevert served here for a total of fourteen years as a Production General Manager. However, Chenevert did not want to be a manager for his entire life. He wanted to be at the top.
While serving at General Motors, Chenevert would receive a phone call one day that would change the trajectory of his life. The phone call came from Pratt and Whitney, an aerospace company that specialized in crafting custom jet engines. Pratt and Whitney would offer Chenevert the job of President and Chenevert would gladly take that job.
After serving there for several successful years, he was tapped as CEO for the United Technologies Corporation.
UTC would go on under his leadership to see stocks rise from the tiny $37 to a rush to the bank and cash the check amount of $117. That is almost a 200% increase.
Seeing that Chenevert had great business sense, after he stepped down from UTC, Chenevert was approached by the powerful Goldman Sachs and offered a job as a consultant.