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March 10, 2011

Mtg: Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch

by @ 2:53 pm. Filed under ALL, Engineering Mgmt

THURSDAY May 5, 2011
SCV Technology Management Chapter
Speaker: Jim Arena, Senior Director, Juniper Networks
Time: Networking at 6:00 PM; Forum at 6:30 PM; Dinner at 7:15 PM; Presentation at 7:45 PM
Cost: $10 for IEEE members; $13 for others
Place: RAMADA Silicon Valley, 1217 Wildwood Ave, Sunnyvale
RSVP: not required

You know you have a good strategy; one that should allow the company to add distinctive value and win. Some organizations seem to be built for speed, built for quick decisions, and built to not revisit those decisions over and over. But, typically thatâ??s not the case. Culture is far more powerful than a brilliant strategy.
Situations are created where companies have to execute and execute well. In the HP/Compaq merger, HP was literally competing on all fronts. When the acquisition was announced, its sub-scale PC and Enterprise business was second string to well funded competitors. It had to execute, and in the most difficult climate â?? a merger with an entirely different culture at Compaq computer. For example, the engineering team had relied on dive and catch to stay one step ahead of the competition, but, with the merger, this could not be sustained when the team had grown well in excess of several thousand. The story of overcoming deeply embedded cultural weaknesses has been played out many times in the fast changing valley.
Come to this meeting and learn lessons, through hard fought experiences, specific strategies in:
â?¢ Describing the culture â?? a way to talk credibly in an analytical environment
â?¢ Organizing and mobilizing â?? build the rigor that pays off for change
â?¢ Highlighting the leadership defining moments that tip the balance

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