Andy Grove, CEO of Intel, gave a keynote in 2001 revealing some of his views on planning and culture during rapid change. Despite being a details man, Grove was a strong advocate for adaptability...
We operate in a life that is rich in technology, and technology will continue to experience rapid change ..
The biggest failures that you may encounter is not that your plan fails but you fail to depart from that plan ...plans are a baseline, in my opinion; a model of a life that you depart from as you go on.
One of his employees, Carleen Ellis, gave some insight into the culture that facilitated that adaptability and Intel’s growth into a $22B behemoth.
That open environment that everybody jokes about - it is the essence of that open environment that allows people to communicate directly and solve problems in a collaborative fashion.
There are no executive perks at Intel; no executive dining rooms, no executive washrooms, no special places to park; and we all work in a company where Andy Grove's cubicle– which I think is about eight-by-nine – is just like everybody else's.... it is the essence of that open environment that allows people to communicate directly and solve problems in a collaborative fashion.
Grove, A., & Ellis, C. (2001). Intel Speech with Andy Grove and Carlene Ellis. Paper presented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, San Jose, Calif., USA