Re: Corporate optimism

From: Jim Armstrong <>
Date: Fri Dec 23 2005 - 15:10:20 EST

There is of course the huge other consideration, the profit driven
nature of the major companies. The stockholders loom so large in the
overall economic picture, always expecting growth (and unrealistically
sustainable growth, at that), and running to an alternate investment at
any indication that the profitability may flatten out. Having spent many
years with a major corporation, it is amazing how much that single
consideration can influence the course and culture of even the largest
corporations, and how quickly. JimA

Carol or John Burgeson wrote:

>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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