Q&A with John Chambers Opens McKinsey Quarterly’s New Global Leaders Series
Our Chairman and Chief Executive spoke with James Manyika of McKinsey last month on a diverse array of topics including the economy, the future of Web technology, Cisco’s management model, our corporate social responsibility initiatives and John’s views on leadership. The interview appears online today as McKinsey’s launches its Global Leaders interview series.One of the questions John addresses in the interview concerns our moves into 30 adjacent markets. “Is 30 too many?” asks James. It is if you don’t combine innovation with operational excellence, or as as John puts it, “If you plant a thousands seeds, and let a thousand seeds bloom…you get a weed field!”Before you ask…there are no ducks in the weed field.You can view the video interview here on the McKinsey Quarterly web site.You can also read more about 30 market adjacencies in this recent Q&A with John Chambers and our CFO Frank Calderoni.