Over the last two years HPE has been on a transformation, it has been restructured and what was once a long standing company, divided into two. Shortly after the finalization from splitting away from HP; more changes were in the works.
Today, HPE is not it’s founders company. With the dust settling from it’s latest transformation, HPE is ripe for culture shift.
With only four months as CEO, Antonio Neri is set to change not only it’s customers focus but a fundamental shift in HPE culture. Let’s face it, they have been through so much change, the company has transformed and is reshaping it’s identity. One way Neri is doing this is by his choice of clothes during the keynote. He was standing on stage wearing jeans and a button down shirt, relaxed and excited.
Talking about how important it meant to him being the CEO of HPE, his family was also present to witness the first keynote delivered as the top dog. The mention and excitement he displayed when talking about his family is a stark contrast for keynote presentations. They are typically boring, but Neri’s energy was different, even if for a few moments, he showed he was like one of us. This relatability is crucial for acceptance, it garners a sense of trust. Understand it’s not about his choice of clothes, it represents the change from the traditional appearance and attitude of an HPE executive.
Not only is his attitude towards fashion shifting, his focus on what is important: listening and talking to customers was prevalent out at HPE Discover.
I really want to see how this vision will play out and exactly how Neri and HPE will execute this culture shift.
I believe if done right Neri’s culture shift could transform HPE like Satya Nadella has done for Microsoft.
Another cool thing is Antonio took a selfie with me without hesitation and he gets a few points for that.
What are your thoughts on this culture shift?