It’s important to ask elders about what they used to do. Learning from the older generation can be a great benefit to younger professionals. That doesn’t mean every single elderly person is wise and knows what they’re talking about. It just means some of them have invaluable information that students can’t learn from a book.
One of those older professionals is Louis Chenevert, former Chairman, CEO, and President of United Technologies Corporation. United Technologies Corporation is a technology company that wanted to develop groundbreaking products before a 30-year cycle ended. Based on Chenevert’s testimony, that’s exactly what they accomplished.
Even though he retired from United Technologies Corporation in 2014, everyone still talks to him about his time there. Before joining United Technologies Corporation, he worked at Pratt & Whitney and General Motors, which he didn’t like at first.
His first job was at General Motors, and he learned how to put up with a lot of negativity when he first started working there. As time passed, he worked his way up the corporate ladder and earned the Production General Manager position before moving on to Pratt in 1993. He began President of Pratt & Whitney in 1999 but left in 2006.
After that, he started working at United Technologies Corporation and quickly rose up their corporate ladder. Within the next two years, he was named President and CEO of United Technologies Corporation. Two years after that, he was named Chairman of the company.
One of the most requested answers he gives to interviewers is about how the company used to bring their products to life. When he worked for United Technologies Corporation, they had a bunch of small teams being lead by one leadership team. That system produced some of their most recognizable products.
The second question it always gets involves his habits. He’s an entrepreneur, so he has all the same habits and natural gifts that all entrepreneurs have; mostly, he’s passionate and results-oriented.