Corporate optimism

From: Carol or John Burgeson <>
Date: Fri Dec 23 2005 - 11:51:56 EST

Glenn wrote, in part: "Thus, I would suggest that most execs have the
concept that someone somewhere will solve the problem. It isn't a
conspiracy, it is their nature.

I would also say that as one moves up the ladder, one finds more and more
people willing to tell you what you WANT to hear and problems are rarely
what a top exec wants to hear. They want to hear solutions."

As one who watched (from the inside) how IBM screwed up the PC operating
systems business in the late 1980s and early 1990s, your assessment is
correct. Bill Gates at Microsoft seems to have circumvented that problem
-- at least in the 1990s.

"Shoot the messenger" is, alas, usually the reaction to a negative
presentation. Or at least "bury the messenger way down the corporate

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