An engineer’s perspective on HP and Carly.

Carly’s Way

About the only thing I can add to this is my complete lack of surprise. This same meme is often repeated at tech companies. Something in the process by which company leaders is chosen can be deadly to high technology companies. The concerns of the moment somehow outweigh the longer term needs, and the company ends up without a future. Sad to see this happen to HP (and by acquisition Compaq and DEC).

Apple survived just such an experience. Remember Amelio? You can add the other companies for which he was chosen as leader to this list. Doubtless there are other “leaders” who could count as walking poison pills.

The question is whether the HP board can recover from the mistake.