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The Art of Corporate Success: The Story of Schlumberger by Ken Auletta

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THE CAPITALIST AS SOCIALIST

Riboud sees his work at Schlumberger as an extension of his political views. “Running a company is like politics,” he says. “You are always balancing interests and personalities and trying to keep people motivated.” On being asked how he would like to be characterized as an executive, he replied, “I would like it to be said that I’m bringing about in my professional life what I’m trying to bring about with myself—it’s one and the same thing.” Like Marcel and Conrad Schlumberger, Riboud thinks of the company as an extension of personal values—humility, loyalty, preserving faith in an idea, serving people, being trusting, being open-minded to different cultures, being ambitious and competitive and yet mindful of tradition. ...

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