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John Chambers On Speed: How To Accelerate Decisions

If you think Cisco's been aggressive with acquisitions and product launches in the past, you'd better tighten your shoelaces because John Chambers says the company's new management structure has slashed decision-making times by more than 90%.

If you think Cisco's been aggressive with acquisitions and product launches in the past, you'd better tighten your shoelaces because John Chambers says the company's new management structure has slashed decision-making times by more than 90%.From a news article in the Boston Globe about a recent speech given by Chambers to underscore the company's growing presence in New England:

"Every time we've gone into an economic downturn," said Chambers, "we've come out of it dramatically stronger."

Chambers credited his company's robust performance to a decentralized management style that has enabled Cisco to rapidly launch new business initiatives. He said that starting a new project at Cisco, a process that used to take about 18 months, now generally takes about 45 days. In addition, Chambers said that Cisco only enters businesses that the company can dominate. "Number one," he said, "or don't compete."

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