Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Take It Easy 

It is an interesting PR strategy to ask the media to take it easy on you and to appeal for patience.  That apparently is what the new Hewlett Packard CEO, Meg Whitman, is doing.  Her appeal is understandable.  HP has had too much drama associated with it for the last six years -- and too many CEOs.  Whitman wants to lower the company's profile and focus on the work of serving customers.  Will the media let it -- or more importantly, will those employees who have gossiped to the media over the years hold their tongues?   HP has leaks from the board, from executive ranks and from everywhere else.  Whitman must know that, and she also must know that it won't be long before tongues will wag about her.  She is asking for a few months grace.  Let's hope she gets it.


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