Bucking Traditions and Trends
Asked what he thought of the recent consolidation in the audio industry, with the growth of D&M Holdings and Nortek's Linear Corp., Harman declined to comment on other companies' strategies, beyond saying, "I think there's a certain natural development some of these combinations — D&M, for example. How can I dispute the validity of the idea when, to some extent, it could be argued that I originated it?"
The Jazz of Business
In his autobiography, Mind Your Own Business: A Maverick's Guide to Business Leadership and Life, Sidney Harman likens a good business team to a jazz combo — structured, but loose, each playing to one another's strengths. Through the book, one learns about the jazz combo that makes Harman International tick: Harman himself, CEO Bernard Girot, COO Gregg Stapleton and CFO Frank Meredith.