HP Layoffs, Culture and Ambition

Note: This posting is based on my weekly “Thank God It’s Monday” which is offered to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: business execution

HP will soon be reducing its workforce by about 10%–30,000 people. President and CEO Meg Whitman signaled this possibility back when she discussed HP’s fourth quarter results.

Cutting 10% of HP’s workforce reduces expenses and sends a message to the those employees who remain that the status quo won’t prevail. But, so what? The bigger challenge for HP is ambition, drive and culture. What is HP leadership doing to:

  • create a lean, agile, entrepreneurial workforce and culture?
  • create a less entitled workforce?
  • drive innovation that captivates customers and investors?
  • ensure it isn’t a “me too” company?
  • build trust and respect lost with it’s employees lost over the past decade?

Ask yourself the questions above in the context of your company. What are you and your company doing to ensure you thrive?

Thought for the week:

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon

What do you think? I welcome your blog comments!


Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting


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