Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 09AUG10

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: leadership & innovation

I’ve long been concerned about HP’s CEO Mark Hurd being so focused on execution that he lost sight of the need to innovate to ensure a sustainable, viable business. Now, in light of Hurd’s unplanned departure from HP, others are suddenly writing that it is time for an HP CEO who embraces the need to innovate.

The CEO’s role is to create and deliver a compelling strategy. The COO’s role is driving execution. HP does not have a COO, a structural problem in the company’s leadership team that may have distracted Hurd. Hurd acted like an extremely effective COO, not a CEO.

Great strategy and great execution are required to ensure a company thrives.

Thought for the week:

“It’s only a dream until you write it down. Then it becomes a goal.” -Emmitt Smith, NFL Hall of Fame Induction Speech, August 2010

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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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