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June 17, 2010



Chuck, I like this reflection. You're contrasting a "good" leader (who does what she's asked to do, on time and on budget) with a "great" leader (one who seeks to make everything better through innovation).

Thanks for sharing. I believe, as well, that we can move ourselves from good to great through self-awareness, focus, and going outside our comfort zones.

It was really easy to type that, and it's really hard to do, but that's why we call it "work"!

Steve Todd

My favorite quote of yours: "what your manager tells you is just one form of input". Words to live by!

Chuck Hollis

Hi Tim

Actually, I use different words to describe things. I use the word "manager" to describe someone who does the assigned tasks, and does it well.

I reserve the word "leader" for people who actually lead :-) And, of course, you can find leaders at every level of the organization ...

-- Chuck

Chuck Hollis

Hi Steve

Yes, I remember that meeting well, and how I stirred things up a bit. I know what I said sounded like heresy at the time, but -- funny enough -- in the intervening years it's come to be conventional wisdom not only at EMC, but elsewhere.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck

shaloo shalini

Excellent and practical thoughts, globally true!!!

I encourage people to invest time to seek out other people who are of like mind: curious, restless, innovative, creative, etc. Find some common ground, and hopefully find something to go work on together.

This has worked beautifully for me, half way across the globe, while working with teams spanning the globe, in last 16 yrs of professional life.

Thank you for sharing!


Great points - thanks for the reminder!

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    SVP, Oracle Converged Infrastructure Systems

    Chuck now works for Oracle, and is now deeply embroiled in IT infrastructure.

    Previously, he was with VMware for 2 years, and EMC for 18 years before that, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Vero Beach, FL with his wife and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

    Warning: do not ever buy him a drink when there is a piano nearby.

    Note: these are my personal views, and aren't reviewed or approved by my employer.
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