On Feb 23, 2012, at 10:49 AM, Kevin Newman wrote:
There is this idea that was articulated by an old timer - an ex-bank
CEO - on Bill Moyer's show a few weeks ago, that companies and
running companies used to be about product and solving customers'
problems - great loan products if you are are a banker, or Flash and
great tools if you run Adobe. But these days business culture has
changed to be primarily about profit, to the point where you
actually get Kudos for gloating about how much money you were able
to stock pile this quarter, instead of what great products you
created, or how many customers you satisfied.
This is a sad state of affairs that affects more than just Adobe,
though they seem to have slipped into that black hole of profit
gloating just like so many other American corporations. And the CEOs
probably get real social kudos for that money gloating at their
Personally, I'll stay focused on products and customers, and hope
that's enough to help change the culture back. I'm pretty much at
the bottom of the totem pole though. I can only hope these old ideas
will see some kind of revival at that corporate board and CEO level
of American culture.
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