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Thin Clients, VDI and Linux integration from the front lines.... Raw and sometimes unedited notes based on my experiences with VMware, Thin Clients, Linux etc.

More to the point, this is not a IT technical company either....

At a customers site at the moment the CEO is actually blogging 2 - 3 times a week on their intranet, and I have started trying to find the time to have a quick glance every now and then. This was posted last week and I thought it worth popping up here? (I have xxxx'd the company name to protect the innocent ;-)

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I read an interesting article in Fortune magazine (xxxxxxxx is ranked in their Global Top 500 for the first time so I was sent a complimentary copy!) about how the rules of business are changing. A few of them seemed quite appropriate to xxxxxxxx so I thought I would summarise them:

Old rule: Big is Best
New Rule: Agile is best.
We need to make sure we are quick to respond to market changes – something I keep banging on about.

Old rule: Be No.1 or 2
New Rule: Find a niche.
The UK could be our niche as the pan European players get bigger.

Old rule: Shareholders rule.
New Rule: The customer is king.
Maybe they’ve heard about our responsible pricing policy! This is founded on this principle – if we serve our customers well and give them what they want then shareholder returns will follow.

Old rule: Be lean and mean.
New Rule: Look out, not in.
This really does typify the changes here at xxxxxx. We are now focussing on growth but we must not lose the focus on costs for which we have become famous.

Old rule: Rank your team.
New Rule: Hire passionate people.
As I go around we certainly have a lot of people who really care deeply about what we do and I find it tremendously encouraging.

Old rule: Admire might.
New Rule: Admire soul.
I think this is about caring about being a responsible company and is definitely the way we have been heading and we should carry on.

Old rule: Hire a charismatic CEO.
New Rule: Hire a courageous CEO.
No comment on this one!

Posted on Friday, August 18, 2006 11:00 AM IT Management | Back to top

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