By Don Tennant, From Under the Rug, IT Business Edge – 05/08/2017
For all I know, HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the two companies that comprise the former Hewlett-Packard, are bastions of diversity and inclusion. But if they are, they would have to have undergone a remarkable cultural transformation over the last eight years. Because as of 2009, “the culture of HP was not an inclusive culture. In fact, many people there didn’t even want to talk about what the culture was.”
That’s the assessment of Linda Sharkey, who served as HP’s chief talent officer and VP of people development from 2006 to 2009. In a recent interview, Sharkey, now an organizational and leadership development strategist and co-author of “The Future-Proof Workplace: Six Strategies to Accelerate Talent Development, Reshape Your Culture, and Succeed with Purpose,” spoke candidly about her experience at HP, and about her efforts to change the “good ol’ boy” culture there.