At HP, Meg Whitman Wants People to Show Up for Work

Whitman Photograph by Shanghai Daily via AP Photo

In the 1970s, Hewlett-Packard popularized the idea of “management by walking around”—MBWA for short. Top executives and group directors would cruise about so that they could get feedback and a sense of company morale directly, while also imparting business goals and a corporate ethos sans the middleman. Reed Hastings, chief executive officer of Netflix, practices an extreme version today, eschewing an office altogether in favor of working at random places around the company’s headquarters.

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