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Wednesday, July 21, 2004 9:20 AM
A Place to Dream Of...
Kevin Salwen on Culture

I read this quote today from Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina:
'A leader's greatest obligation is to make possible an environment where people's minds and hearts can be inventive, brave, human, and strong...where people aspire to change the world.'

Two questions immediately came to mind:
1) When was the last time most employees felt that environment was present where they worked?
2) Who wouldn't want to work in that kind of space?

Which of course raises question #3:
What's stopping us?



5 comments

kurt - 7/23/2004 1:00:56 AM
Carlie's quote paints a laudable vision; for her, and other executives, practice is more difficult to implement.

Without a true 'policy' consensus about the employee stakeholders relative importance, and worth, the statement conjures increduality.

the power struggle at HP and the approach taken there and with outsourcing and layoffs, and abandonment of successful 'HP Way' policies and products is hardly a 'best practices' example or prototype.

http://www.technoir.nu/hplx/hplx-l/0406/msg00006.html

http://www.warlockltd.com/archives/07_24_00.html


Will Pate - 7/22/2004 12:14:49 AM
New question: As an aspiring young leader, how do I do that for people?
Taylor - 7/21/2004 2:38:12 PM
I think I read this quote in The Radical Leap. What a great book!!! If the quote is moving, read the book, you'll enjoy it.
Tom - 7/21/2004 10:46:21 AM
Answers:

1) No place I've ever worked.

2) No one.

3) Fear of employees becoming thinking beings instead of obedient drones. Perhaps I'm being overly cynical, but most corporations work hard at keeping employees from having to think about anything. If they want thinking, they'll bring in outside consultants to tell them what their own people could have told them, had they been given an environment where they could be listened to.
Dhrumil - 7/21/2004 9:24:51 AM
Commitment and 'Success'

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