I usually do give it to you straight, but you will see why I chose that title in particular for this weekend post.
But first, I have to mention the coordinated attacks in Paris on Friday night that have killed many people, and seriously injured many more. At least six sites have been targeted. As of this time, seven of the eight terrorists died after detonating suicide vests, and one was killed. Another was caught in Germany. My thoughts and prayers go out to the citizens of Paris, and to the families of those killed or injured. French President Hollande has declared war against the ISIS terrorists, and we should do likewise. In the meantime, what has happened is just heartbreaking. Today, Je suis Parisien.
As for continuing to give it to you straight, one reason is this good piece in the Boston Globe by Hugh Baver, “Forget What You’ve Heard – Carly Fiorina Was Great At HP.” Baver also worked with Fiorina, and he is setting the record straight:
As former CEO Carly Fiorina runs for Republican presidential nomination, her record continues to come under attack. I worked at Compaq during the Hewlett-Packard/Compaq merger and the transition period was extremely positive and well-conceived. Working closely with Compaq chairman and CEO Michael Capellas, Fiorina was an excellent and effective CEO.
Notwithstanding the tech bubble burst at the time, and problems within the HP board of directors, integrating the internal systems and cultures of two huge companies like HP and Compaq was no easy task. But Fiorina knew what she was up against and was never one to back down from a challenge.
Fiorina and her team worked tirelessly to make sure she kept her promise of a smooth transition. On day one, we integrated the two companies with common e-mail nomenclature. The new HP also sunset the legacy systems and product groups that were not the market leaders in their categories, as in the retirement of HP NetServer in favor of Compaq ProLiant. These were extremely difficult business decisions, which Fiorina and her team engineered gracefully and employed with solid business logic.
Fiorina was instrumental in consolidating and prioritizing hundreds of overlapping and disparate IT projects and applications. She effectively organized and conducted cross-cultural workshops and teams aimed specifically at successfully integrating the two corporate cultures.
She put the two teams into rooms and brought out in the open, through facilitated dialogue, the differences in approach and methodologies from the two companies. This was instrumental in both HP and Compaq’s employees’ understanding of where our new coworkers were coming from and how best to work together.
I was privileged to work under Fiorina’s direction. Now citizens are seeing what we saw in her all those years ago, and I am thrilled we have someone of her caliber running for president. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Baver goes on from there to describe how Fiorina’s business acumen and attributes would serve the nation well in the White House.
As people who worked for her continue to speak out and set the record straight about her tenure at HP, hopefully it will shut up people like Donald Trump in his (often sexist) attacks against her, though going after Carson with wild claims seems to be his thing these days. (Along those lines, Fiorina defended Carson against one of Trump’s more scurrilous claims.) As for Trump holding back, I did say “hopefully.” I am not holding my breath on that one. Still, if nothing else it will enable people to make a more informed and educated decision about her. If she doesn’t get the nomination or the VP slot, I think she would be an outstanding Secretary of State.
There has been a ton more news this past week, and for any of you who are interested, there is a Democratic Debate on Saturday night, 9:00 EST on CBS. Let us know how it goes should you choose to watch it.
Meanwhile, Obama continues to try and figure out how he can violate the Constitution, Congress, and the Law more by closing Gitmo. Once again, hope springs eternal that Congress will stand up against yet another legal overreach by the Man Who Wants Terrorists On US Soil…
But enough of that political hooey for now. One of the things we have planned for this weekend is going to see the a capella group, Straight No Chaser. If you are unfamiliar with them, here are a few tunes to get you going:
And then there is this take on “It’s All About That Bass,” which cracked me right up:
Some of you may have seen this classic video before (and yes, it is a Christmas song even before Thanksgiving):
Needless to say, we are really looking forward to seeing this group on Sunday. They have a bunch of great songs on Youtube, if you want to check out some more of their tunes.
We may also see, “Bond, James Bond” on Saturday, so an action packed weekend is in the works. Our weekends, unless we are out of town or something, include a trip to see our Jordan and the other horses at the barn. That always makes my week.
So how about you? What is on your minds this weekend? Got anything fun to do? Have some tunes you wish to share? Feel free since this is your Weekend Open Thread.