Tiger Woods and Accenture have been urging us business folks to “Be a Tiger” for a few years now, but when it comes down to the crunch, isn’t that easier said than done? I’d venture many managers would instinctively prefer to head for shelter than face a crisis head-on, but of course the actions executives take in situations like those (and times like these) are what distinguish leaders from followers. No doubt America’s new President would not have been taking the oath yesterday if he had avoided addressing the tough issues on the campaign trail.”It takes courage to make the decisions that good economic times allow us to postpone,” says Rob Lloyd, Cisco’s head of North America and Japan, in a podcast posted today to the Cisco newsroom. In it, he reflects on the bold moves Cisco made in the downturns of 2001 and 2003 to become pioneers and then leaders in VoIP and Next Generation Networks.So, what did we learn from those bold moves and how did they influence the way we manage through this downturn? And how are we applying those lessons to our engagements with customers today? You can hear the answers and the whole podcast here. And if you happen to be a customer who’s interested in applying those learnings to your own business, you might like to take a look at our “Five Ways to Thrive” program pages (and very funny new ‘Survive’ commercial) at www.cisco.com/newways.
We are honored and humbled to be on Fortune’s “Best Companies to Work For” for the 12th straight year. We have been on the list every year since its inception in 1998 and have been in the top 10 four of those years.What makes Cisco a great place to work? For me, in a word: trust. We are trusted to do our jobs. We go through a gauntlet of interviews to get a job at Cisco. Sure, we have to the appropriate educational background and/or work experiences, but we also have to be a cultural fit into the company and the teams that we’ll be working with. What is Cisco’s culture? I work hard and trust my colleagues to work hard…I haven’t been let down. I work with creative, innovative professionals and we all know that a collaborative work environment creates a better product. It is as simple as “two heads are better than one.” Our exectives trust their teams to vet ideas and come to them with appropriate recommendations so that good decisions can be made. We are treated as professionals…and we act the same. We collaborate on projects and share any glory or any blame. Quality of life and work/life balance is also very important. We do work hard, but we are also given the flexibility to complete our work when (or where) we need to. Again, trust.Additionally, our competition drives us to make better products for our customers and focus on their needs. We exist for customers and never forget that. Read More »
When a colleague pointed out a recent blog discouraging participation in the Cisco Developer Contest because of a suit filed by FSF related to our Linksys division, I thought it was worth sharing some of the things we’ve done within the open source community and how we’ve developed yet another avenue to work with this communityCisco has been a strong supporter of open source software from early on, and we’ve made extensive contributions to the Linux Kernel -in fact, we’re among the top contributors, and we’re also active members of projects in Eclipse, FreeBSD, Apache and many others. A number of significant contributions are described at Open at Cisco.Many in the open source community know this already, and are very supportive of Cisco’s contributions, with the Linux Magazine’s recognition and the articulate blog from the Linux Foundation. It is important for our customers and partners to know that Cisco takes its open source software obligations seriously and we are disappointed that a suit has been filed by FSF related to our Linksys division. As people in the community know, we have always worked closely with FSF, and hope to reach a resolution agreeable to the company and the Foundation. Read More »
“œI’ve discovered that the less I say, the more rumors I start” -Bobby ClarkeLately, there has been a lot of speculation by the technorati that”something is going on over at Cisco!” I am sure you have all read the blogs and reports in traditional media asserting that Cisco is going to enter new markets, compete for new business, and build new products. The answer? Yes, Yes and Yes, of course!Yes, Cisco is entering new markets. We view periods of economic uncertainty as the perfect time to challenge the status quo and evolve our business to deliver customer and shareholder value. Cisco’s success has always been driven by investments in market adjacencies during times that may cause other companies to blink. Read More »
As the U.S. presidential inauguration arrives, all eyes are on Barack Obama. From our industry’s vantage point, many of those eyes are centered squarely on his intent to increase technology’s role in facilitating better government.Within this arena, one of the most critical areas of focus is security — protecting our borders, our interests, and our populace. To do this, the scope of national security includes cyberspace. More than a year ago, a commission associated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies was created involving 30 security professionals from the private and public sectors. The CSIS commission began outlining recommendations for the incoming president that would guide him in improving the country’s cybersecurity. Together, they created a report entitled Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency.One of the commission members is John N. Stewart, the chief security officer for Cisco. John recently taped these video messages for those interested in learning about the threat landscape that the United States is facing, the report and its recommendations, and a closer look at one of the key suggestions — the need to rebuild the partnership between public and private sectors. The Threat Landscape Overview of the Report & Recommendations Key Recommendation: Rebuild the Public-Private PartnershipEmbedded videos are after the jump.The CSIS report has been reviewed by Obama and his security team, and as he takes office today, it will be interesting to see how the commission’s recommendations are addressed and, hopefully, executed. To view the report: www.csis.org. Read More »