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This is a well-researched book on the history and current happenings of the Hewlett-Packard company from its beginning to the recent events surrounding the merger with Compaq and beyond. It especially highlights the challenges facing the IT industry today. It also describes the particular challenge of moving a company established by two individuals in the 1930's and built with strong values into a company that can survive in today's business environment with employees who are from a different generation than in the early stages of the company's development. This gives some insight into some of the challenges faced today by modern companies where the balance of employee programs with the need for company achievement and productivity is not always possible to be completely in alignment and requires careful management and leadership skills.
It highlights Carly Fiorina's character and steadfastness in moving HP towards the merger of the two companies. I think that the book was weakened by the constant praise of Fiorina. Her strength of character comes out through the story but there was some interpretation of her style which seemed to be packaged for the right approval and I found this a bit irksome.
Overall a good book and well worth the read.
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A must read for present and former HP/Agilent people. Regardless of your opinion of Carly, the author captures the HP many of us loved. The book does not paint over the fact that HP needed change to survive and hopefully prosper. I for one am grateful to have worked there and appreciate the book?s articulation of my companies? rich history.
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