Leadership Profile

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Leadership Profile Paper This paper will profile Jeff Hawkins, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for PalmOne, Inc. examining qualities that Mr. Hawkins exhibits that make him influential leader. The paper will also examine details of the business strategy that make this man an exceptional innovator and his contribution to eBusiness technology. Vision Jeff Hawkins a graduate of Cornell Universityis best known as "the inventor who, in 1994, took blocks of mahogany and plywood into his garage and emerged with a prototype for the PalmPilot" (PC Magazine, 2000). Joining forces with friend Donna Dubinsky, Jeff "pulled off one of the most successful new-product launches in consumer electronics history, selling 400,000 units when they debuted in…show more content…
With add on modules PDA's come complete with a cell phone, organizer, MP3 player, still and video cameras, Web browser, E-mail reader, game player, usable keyboard, and still and video cameras. In fact, "PalmOne recently announced a clever GPS package that enables PDA s to give oral turn-by-turn directions to drivers" (Clark, 2004). There is no doubt that the wireless technology combined with the add on modules and other applications at a small cost and small size will create competition in the market. However the cell phone market alone has consumers in the billions. "If PalmOne gets only a small percent of that market share, the future is huge"(Clark, 2004). Conclusion It is apparent that Mr. Hawkins vision combined with his personal commitment and desire to constantly innovate new ideas with simple goals has made him a success. He has proven himself to be an exceptional innovator and his contribution to eBusiness technology has opportunities that are endless. References Barnett, S. (2000). The Man Who Almost Single-handedly Revived the Handheld Computer Industry. Pen Computing Magazine, Inc Retrieved January 14, 2005. From: www.pencomputing.com Clark, K. (2004). Round Two at Palm. US News & World Report. v137 i15 p46 Retrieved Jan 16, 2005. From www.infotrac.com. Meyers, L. (2000). Handspring's Hawkins Tells Audience he is an "Accidental Entrepreneur". Retrieved January 13, 2005 from:www.news.cornell.edu PC Magazine, (2000).
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