Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Andrew S. Grove - Mr. President, Time to Rein In The Chaos -

When the man who pretty much single handedly laid the groundwork for the PC market bitch slaps you, you would hope the President listens.

Andrew S. Grove - Mr. President, Time to Rein In The Chaos -

Mr. President, Time to Rein In The Chaos

By Andrew S. Grove

Wednesday, March 11, 2009; Page A15

There is nothing more difficult . . . than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

Machiavelli's 500-year-old warning notwithstanding, we elected a president who is committed to "change." The economic meltdown in which our country finds itself at the start of his administration makes his difficult task even more daunting. In less than two months, the hopeful enthusiasm that welcomed the Obama administration has given way to growing worry and frustration. I find myself wringing my hands, not over the goals President Obama has set but over the ineffectual ways the administration has pursued them. I have no qualifications to judge how well the Obama team manages the political dynamics, but as a business executive with 40 years' experience, much of it managing change, and a part-time academic dedicated to studying why so few corporations succeed in navigating change, I feel compelled to comment not on the what of the Obama team's efforts but on the how.

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