re: HP's Identity Crisis Continues
I remember when Meg Whitman tried an abortive run for the Governorship of California. She ran like a CEO. She said nothing substantive about what she would do. And when little bothersome details surfaced-- like the nannygate -- she just lied on reflex.
Not to say that Politicians are any better or worse or different-- but with Meg, it felt to me like the signature of what I call the "Glossy Mag CEO". All the attention from the Business Press has become the center of it all-- and that running a Company was just a matter of dropping blurbs and positive News Spin. But on the INSIDE of a Company, where being a Good Executive Manager Counts, no-one below you can trust what you say, because the Glossy Mag CEO doesn't really concern themselves with the goings on below the Suites except when they interfere with their Board Room spin. Companies with CEO's like this inevitable run into the asphalt with every other department running on self-interest and self-preservation due to the lack of true insightful guidance from above.
Suffice t say-- the last I head of Meg, was sometime during the past election, when Romney (another Glossy Mag CEO, IMO) was making noises about the Oval Office, I read a blurb from Whitman to the HP Staffers that (paraphrasing) '...rest assured that even if there was a Call from Washington for me to serve, I will remain committed to HP...' Or something to that effect....
I remember that blurb specifically because something sat up in me and said simply: "She's Lying."
So, like I said-- she's a Glossy Mag CEO-- forever chasing full page interviews and Podcasts.
I say, Dump her. You can't trust her. HP can't trust her. HP's Partners can't trust her. HP could do better to return to the old style ENGINEER CEO's. THOSE were the CEO's that produced the old HP hardware that some of us could swear by.