Nortel Insider – by Desk Jockey

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“Business as Usual”

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When Nortel announced the revised full-year outlook for 2008 back in September, which set us on the path to the events we have witnessed recently (and the subsequent dramatic stock price decline) they released a bunch of material to employees to keep them informed of the situation.  Included in this was a FAQ/Q&A document to address the most likely concerns.  One of the answers unequivocaly told employees to continue working normally, “Business as Usual”.

Undoubtedly, Nortel has been through tough times, such as the crisis towards the end of 2002 when buyout rumors were rampant.  But to say “business as usual” is nothing more than trying to cover a gaping hole with tissue paper.

The outlook is dreary but what is affecting employees more is knowing that the hard work they have put in to forge alliances and aim for cross-product commonality are likely to go to waste.  With the departure of the CTO and the entire office under him and the compartmentalization of the various business units into independent silos, all cross-platform and technology reuse initiatives are likely to die.  Managers who have spent much time to get a broad range of product leaders involved in these initiatives have effectively wasted their time.  No one likes to see their hard work be destroyed like this.

In the following week Mike Z. is set to give a GIS on Tuesday morning.  We don’t have any idea what he will say but he will act to address employee concerns and what he’s been hearing, at least according to the invite.  What he can say to allay fears and concerns is for time to decide.  With the various GIS’s this week by business unit leaders being less than lackluster, the expectations are not high.  Nevertheless, it is necessary for a leader to rally the troops (or at least try to) in a time of crisis.

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Written by Desk Jockey

November 15, 2008 at 6:38 pm

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  1. […] options and soliciting legal advice on the matter.  This stands in stark contrast to the message of “Business as Usual” that has been continually broadcast on the loudspeakers to employees.  While it is refreshing to […]


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