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Packing up

January 18, 2007

As part of some leased real estate consolidation, and a move to new corporate headquarters, my group is packing up, and splitting up.  Tomorrow will be the last day in this building, and it has largely been emptied out.   The furniture is being dis-positioned, and the hallways have been lined with boxes and packing containers over the last two weeks.   Now, as I walk the halls, I pass many offices either completely empty, or with their furniture up-ended ready for loading onto several tractor trailers, each taking it’s turn at the loading dock. 

Many employees are moving to the new headquarters building, and for them, this is indeed an exciting time as the spirit of being in a new company is made physically evident by new surroundings, new architecture, furniture and vibe.  Others of us are moving to other leased space, that we, or our colleagues have trod many times before.  

The physical moves from one location to another parallels change within the company as old culture, ideas, and ways are replaced by new thinking, methods, and capabilities.   Organizational changes and shifts in responsibility are ways to break down the old and make way for the new.  New opportunities come from disruption of  functional, but inefficient models.   This is true in thought, as well as practice.

 Tommorow I’ll finish my packing, and will try to clear out a lot of the old, to make way for the new.

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  1. January 18, 2007 11:26 pm

    Exiting times we live. The way how I have described working for Lenovo when asked has been something in the line of “it’s like working for a Company that starts from scratch, only thing there are a cuple of billions in stake and there are a couple of thousand employees”.

    It is a great chance to do stuff, since there is a lot of room to “create” and propose now things, something that wasnt possible in IBM, or other well established companies.

    As Lion King’s Rafiki said “Change is good”.

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