Series on Top CEO's Secrets of Success - Hewlett Packard
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Chairman, President and CEO—Hewlett-Packard
It helps having run for governor of California—unsuccessfully—because it gives you a very thick skin. But in fact, you’ve got to get people who are up for the challenge. That leads to this notion of enthusiasm, of eagerness, of the willingness to throw yourself into a situation where you may not fully understand the outcome.
Tips for leading a happy and successful career: Be clear what matters most. And what matters most is your family. There are tradeoffs that you will make, but remember, at the end of the day that is probably the most important group of people in your lives, and that has been true for me from day one.
Do something that you love. We spend a lot of time at work. I’ve probably spent 150 hours over the last couple of weeks. And so you have to find something that you love and I think you need to do it with people who you really enjoy. I get tremendous satisfaction from the team—the joy of collaboration from figuring things out together. And so I think teams and the people that you work with are incredibly important.
My advice to young people is if you find yourself in a company where you’re being asked to do something that you don’t think is right or you’re feeling uncomfortable about the leadership and the direction of the company, run, do not walk, for the doors.