Doing both—preparing and improvising—paid off. My entrance exam scores won me acceptance to a prestigious program at IIT, which changed the trajectory of my life completely. Gaining entry to Continue reading
Delhi, but that was six hours from my home and, moreover, a world away from the small-town life I knew. In all my life, I had never been to a big city. The thought of visiting one, let alone living there, was Continue reading
Doing both works in business.
I believe it applies even more broadly—and naturally—in life.
As I reflect on my own life, it occurs to me how often I use doing both to overcome a challenge or to seize an opportunity. And not just as a Continue reading
For this reason and so many others, Cisco is more likely to do both when faced with a challenge or decision.
But it’s not easy. Take new business models. Their very introduction Continue reading
Breakthrough products. New revenue streams. Higher performing teams.
You’ve read how applying the concept of “doing both” helped Cisco produce these gains and more. But what about your organization: Continue reading
When the technology bubble burst in 2001, Cisco was ill- prepared for what followed. Given the company’s centralized man-agement model, all it could do was react to external forces.
Contrast that with the economic freefall of 2008 and 2009. Thanks Continue reading
“When I started at Cisco, we would innovate at the enterprise level and then drive out our investments into R&D for the mass market,” says Ken Wirt, vice president of consumer marketing. “Now the Continue reading
In essence, V, S, and E can be simplified to: Where Are We Headed; How Will We Get There; and What Are We Doing? In practical terms, the Operating Committee sets the company vision, the councils define the strategy, and the functions execute. Continue reading
At various times throughout its history, Cisco has navigated around certain plateaus that have stymied other companies. Think sales thresholds, market expansions, and acquisitions. In doing so, Cisco Continue reading
Cisco has also formed boards around China, sustainability, advertising, and smart power grids. After major goals have been reached, boards are disbanded, and their duties transferred to Continue reading