September 13, 2006
News & Opinion: Finding A Parade
When things are going well, I believe it's easy to be a leader. It's like finding a parade and getting in front. Thats a whole lot easier than having to create the parade. Great leaders shine during tough times.
In light of the latest announcements at HP, the newly appointed chairman Mark Hurd, whom I worked for at NCR, will be in the leadership spotlight like never before. In addition to being the CEO he's now the chairman, taking over from Patricia Dunn who's embroiled in a scandal involving the use of personal phone records to investigate apparent leaks. Mark is a stand-up guy with a solid track record for helping companies get back on track. I like what he said yesterday on internetnews.com:
"HP holds itself to the highest standards of business conduct and we are accountable to these standards for everything that we do,"
Integrity, trust and doing what's right for the company during times of trouble and intense political pressure are what leaders like Mark Hurd are made of. I welcome your thoughts on how leaders take charge during tough times.
About Dylan Schleicher
Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.