As an entrepreneur and businessman, Louis Chenevert has worked in industries like, aircraft manufacturing, assembly line production, and formally served on the board of Cargill Inc. Louis Chenevert was educated at the University of Montreal, where he earned a bachelor of business administration. He is also the recipient of awards like the Honor Award, which was given to him by the National Building Museum. Aviation Week & Space Technology named Louis Chenvert Person of the Year in 2011.
Now retired, Chenevert shared his methods of success in an interview, which was conducted in February of 2018. He decided to let loose of some of his business methods, secrets, and tips.
During the interview, Louis Chenevert explained where United Technologies got its ideas from and how these ideas were carried out. Using small groups instead, UTC and Louis Chenevert was able to understand customer needs and display passion in the their industry. “That approach would drive profound change combined with making acquisitions that would strengthen the portfolio,” Chenevert said.
“It’s difficult to name one,” Chenevert said, after he was asked about a productive habit. Chenevert argues that being productive is all about having all the necessary qualities needed to get things done. Passion, optimism, and pushing your agenda are just a few of the examples Chenevert provided to the interviewer.
The interviewer proceeded to ask about the worst job Chenevert ever held. “My first job as GM as a first line supervisor in an assembly plant on 2nd shift,” Chenevert responded. Even though this job was extremely difficult, Chenevert cites it as the reason for his willingness to listen to low level employees. During his time working the assembly line, he heard a variety of great ideas, but management would never listen to mere assembly line workers.
Louis Chenevert concluded the interview by explaining that in order to be successful you need to make sure the risk is worth the reward.