While the formal partnership of Hewlett-Packard was between Dave and Bill, David’s wife Lucile’s contributions placed an indelible stamp on the human face of HP. Her husband, in the dedication to his 1995 book, “The HP Way,” cited her encouragement and participation in the early years as the genesis of the HP Way
We all know that 2 heads are better than one when it comes to finding solutions, overcoming barriers and being innovative. We all need to find our own “Lucile”.
I always look for ways to broaden my view of an idea. When I do, I like to do this with people who challenge but encourage at the same time. As we get more time poor why muck around with people who just always want to agree with your ideas?
For example, I have recently joined an accredited group of consultants called NCP (Network Consulting Professionals). Many members are past CEO’s, CFO’s and senior executives. It’s a powerful team who help me add more value to my client offering.
Be smart. Think of who you can work with – ideally someone different to you. Let them give you honest feedback around the culture you create because of your leadership (or lack of).
Remember though, if they don’t ‘rattle your cage’ you are most likely wasting your time.