Tens of thousands of HP and Compaq employees who saw Carly Fiorina's mismanagement and lack of leadership understand why she should not be elected to the US Senate.
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Ms. Fiorina drove shareholder value to an all-time low. She reconfigured the HP logo by adding the word "invent", while during her tenure, ironically, HP Central Labs submitted fewer patent applications than ever before in company history. She was all about smoke and mirrors, cult-of-personality, Armani suits and fancy corporate jets.
As a direct result of the merger with COMPAQ, eventually approx 45,000 people were layed off worldwide. Meanwhile, she "earned" $100M in six years. A real modern day Robber Baron. Her financial management skills are egregious and untenable.
Let me see...Carly Fiorina: dishonest, self-centered, unethical versus Barbara Boxer...dumb as dirt. Another great political choice for California.
From: HP 1995 to 2010
It was never about the company, the employees or the customers, it was ALL about "her". I think she missed her real calling in life and she really wanted to be a movie star. Well, she sort of got that wish come to a reality while at HP; she was a movie star. I still remember coffee chats with her. OMG! the fanfare, the noise makers; before she came to a site there was major commotion and noise makers were handed out to everyone attending, helicopters flying over, her ego was too big for the HP sites.
If she is running for office she needs to be reminded of her comments that "Job security is not a God given right"
if that the same approach she will take if she gets to be elected, this country will be in more trouble that we are in now.
Besides I think there is only room for one Queen in the US Federal government and that place has been taken by Her Majesty Nanci Pelosi.
From: 1985 - 2009
Inspirational talker, driven by the dollar, failed to recognise HP values, failed to give the leadership and direction required - even in the "good" times
Carly had no empathy for the employees or little people. I remember her speaking at a coffee talk where employees were talking about how hard it was to network and move around the company when many jobs were restricted to only employees within the division. Her comment was that has never been my problem. I do not want a politician who does not even acknowledge problems.
HP employees in general always assumed they had great ideas and brains. Carly did not seem to realize others could have good ideas too. I think her quote was something like you are either for me or leave the company. She did not thank people sincerely, talk about others having great ideas, or do anything collaborative.
Again, a politician, needs to work and play well with others. I do not see Carly doing this.
I also remember the proxy fight that turned very nasty and shaky dealings with a bank changing the vote. I want my representatives to be open and honest.
I too was very hopeful for Carly. I had some great woman role models and I hoped she would be the one to make revitalize HP. Instead, I got the Carly show.
From my website...
"If you believe anything she says, I pity you. Her efforts completely misread HP and its core values and her actions completed the destruction of the culture which began with John Young and continued with the late Lew Platt. If you at all can, talk to HP retirees [or refugees] and ask them about the "changes" she wrought within the Company during her tenure. It will be an eye-opener for you."
to skirt the "no url" request, you can see this comment amongst many others by going to my site, plusaf dot com, and clicking the navigation link labeled "Letters To..."
There are lots of reasons and stories from my life at HP that show that Carly should not be a US Senator... or be hired by any corporation in the US, either, if they've got smart management.
From: HP 1986-2005
Carly could sell almost anything but she didn't understand "teamwork" or "substance". She never wanted to hear the real story or look at the numbers. She thought if she gave the order, then it would happen. Even if it wasn't feasible. And the number of people who lost jobs during the merger was over 30,000. 15,000 was the number reported at the beginning.
From: HP - 1978-2005
Carly Fiorina is NOT a leader...she is always focused on what was best for Carly. Having actually met and been exposed to her frequently, she was excellent at presenting, messaging, manipulating - and marketing Carly. She's still totally focused on marketing Carly. She truly believes that if she said it - it becomes truth. HP employees became totally disenchanted and lacking trust in her abilities. Her "memory" of her achievements is another marketing, manipulating move. Surely the people of California will see through her...I can only hope so! Carly is not as good as Carly (or the Republican Party) thinks she is...
From: HP, 1980 - 2002
I joined HP in the 80’s, to a company that was in the top 5 of the most admired and the one to work for. HP got there by executing to a higher standard which was called “The HP Way”. We all knew that HP was a unique place that paved the way in the high tech industry and got superior results based on its people. These were the times where we all took pay cut (10%) so no one will be fired when business was tough. We all chipped in and made it work. As a matter of fact we worked harder as we felt that it was our extended family.
When Carly came I felt we are on the right way. We would keep all that made us great and complement it with her great marketing skills which were badly needed. I think I got fooled just like the CEO selection committee. The only marketing she did was self promotion and the only action she took was to remove any legacy of the “old HP way”. (we all remember how she even removed the photos of the founders Bll and Dave from all offices in order to have her photo.) This is the way Carly paved with “me the most important person” and screw everyone else.
Leadership is what we need both in business and public service. Leadership makes the journey better and gets the results at the end. Carly is a perfect example on how you can miss BOTH and as a bonus, destroy the lives of the people who trust you to lead them. I would not trust Carly when time are good and any leader can do the job by just staying the course . Now when we are facing major national and global issues is not the time to put a proven egotistical manic rich * * * anyplace close to a leadership position.
People of California: Please exercise good judgment and just say NO to Carly!
She killed the HP3000 - nuff said.