Culture Rejection

October 30, 2007

Culture Rejection

400px-p_culture_svg.pngDéja vu today reading about CEO Stan O’Neil at Merrill Lynch whose job is in jeopardy due to spectacular losses and proposing a merger with Wachovia without board consent. The article hinted at how the Merrill culture rose up and rejected O’Neil. O’Neil ran the Merrill ship in a very transaction-oriented manner whereas the renown “Mother Merrill” culture was famously relationship-oriented. This description brought back memories of what was said about CEO Carly Fiorina’s ouster at HP. She too was said to have been rejected by the ingrained and long-standing HP Way.  As I have heard some CEOs say, culture is the agenda. Don’t ever kid yourself. Changing cultures is like playing with fire.

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Leslie Gaines-Ross
Leslie Gaines-Ross
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As Weber Shandwick’s Chief Reputation Strategist, I focus on the ever changing world of reputation. For the past 25 years, I have relentlessly observed, researched and commented on the rise and fall of reputations.

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