Friday, September 23, 2011

Dilbert would be so proud

Hewlett Packard, the company that everybody used to admire, the one that people used to be proud to work for, the one that the last four CEOs have tried to flush down the toilet, has a new leader.

The board of directors have chosen Meg Whitman, former CEO of eBay, as their new CEO.  Immediately after her appointment, she and Ray Lane, the executive chairman (what in the world is an executive chairman?), sent an email message to all HP employees.  In this message, they say, with perfectly straight faces:
We must invest in innovation, leverage the strength of our core businesses, enhance our software capabilities and integrate our assets to maximize the value of our investments. 
Wow.  If you were playing buzzword bingo, you'd be sure to win the game with just that one sentence.  If I didn't know better, I'd say that Scott Adams, the writer of Dilbert, wrote that steaming pile of executive babble for them.  Let's hope they can manage HP better than they can write.

1 comment:

Zyzmog said...

Actually, I really don't care about HP anymore. Today's HP is nothing like the HP that recruited me as a senior in college, trained me as an engineer, introduced me to so many talented and remarkable people, and gave me the opportunity to do so many useful and innovative things. Today's HP can't do any of that, for anybody, anymore.

And the "HP Way," as it was preached and practiced by Bill and Dave, still exists. But not at HP. You won't find any evidence of it there.