Where we start in life is irrelevant, the only thing that matters is what we are doing to get where we want to get in life. Well, Louis Chenevert illustrates this better. No one knew he could end up becoming an investment idol he is today. For Louis Chenevert, he only knew what he wanted to achieve and followed his dreams.
The first thing he did was invest in his education. When he went to study for Production Management at HEC Montreal, he remained focused and dedicated to his education. The professor describes him as an enthusiastic student who was always ready to learn.
After school, Louis Chenevert set off in search of a job like all other graduates. It wasn’t long before Guy Hachey of General Motors hired him. Here, he stayed for 14 years and worked in multiple divisions. Guy Hachey was a year and a half in front of Chenevert. They were both fighting for the same things; improving the performance of the company and earning the senior positions of the company. Guy Hachey says that he always promoted Chenevert to replace him whenever he got a promotion.
Guy Hachey says that Chenevert is the best executive he has ever worked with in his career. The two are still close friends. Whenever they meet, they recall the olden days and laugh it out to the point of shedding tears.
In 1993, Chenevert decided to pursue higher goals. He began working at Pratt & Whitney. His dedication and commitment to serve the company earned him the President seat in six years’ time. It was during this period as the president of the Pratt & Whitney that UTC saw his ability to lead an organization and hired him as their CEO.
The rise to the top takes time. It is for those who know what to chase to get where they want to be. Louis Chenevert wanted the senior positions of the company. However, he did not focus on that; he focused on using his skills to improve the sales of the company he worked for to a level they couldn’t ignore his efforts.