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Take A Guess

November 30, 2013 4 comments

Pull Cord

Take a guess at which CEO recently made all these inspirational statements:

  • “Overall I am very pleased with the progress we have made, but we still have a lot of work to do to drive consistent execution and navigate a rapidly shifting marketplace.”
  • “We saw improved sales in our mainstream XXXXX business, but we need to improve our pricing discipline and profitability,”
  • “We saw improved sales execution, a strong hyper-scale quarter, and stabilization in XXXXX complimented by revenue growth in YYYYYYY”
  • “We improved our share position in all three regions”
  • “We continue to manage the end-to-end cost structure of our XXXXX business with profitability very much in mind.”
  • “Looking forward we will stay committed to smart capital allocation and profitable growth.”
  • “As we said at our security analyst meeting last month, we believe we can grow both margin and share over the longer term. We’ll continue to be aggressive in targeted cases, but we have more opportunity to improve our profitability”

If you’re expecting an answer from BD00, then fuggedaboud it. You can pick any CEO because the vast majority of C-execs speak in this same tongue. But ya know what? Despite the standard BD00 sarcasm oozing from this post, the “system” demands that somebody do it; and I’m thankful that those who do it, do do it. I wouldn’t want to do it. In addition to not fitting into the physical and psychological profiles required by the C-level community, it’s not my cup of tea.

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