“We Need to Intensify Our Sense of Urgency”: An Interview with Meg Whitman

“We Need to Intensify Our Sense of Urgency”: An Interview with Meg Whitman

By Fouad Bendris

Whitman has restored stability to a company that was badly damaged when she took the helm. What’s your strategic goal for the new Hewlett Packard Enterprise? We want to provide cutting-edge solutions that help customers optimize their traditional IT while building the secure, cloud- enabled, mobile-ready future that suits their needs. What new leadership skills did you have to learn at HP? First, the scale is enormous. Very few people have run a $110 billion company. Everything has more zeros attached to it, more complexity, more countries, more tax jurisdictions. I had to learn how to untangle complexity. Second is communication …

Fouad Bendris’s insight:
What do you think a CEO really needs to focus on? First, you need the right strategy. Less than perfect execution against the right strategy will probably work. A 100% execution against the wrong strategy won’t. The next thing is getting the right people. And at scale, you have no choice but to instrument the business !

Source:: Strategy & Governance

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