Did Ma Bell Breed Execs To Fail?
from the not-such-a-good-training-ground dept
GE and IBM are often named as companies that turn out strong management execs who later go on to run other companies. Both companies have strong management training programs that are designed to create the types of leaders the company needs. It doesn't always work out that way, but in general, the reputation may be well earned. On the other side of the coin, however, some are noticing that executives who grew up at AT&T seem to leave a trail of failure in their wake at nearly every company they go to. Once again, it's not universally true, but there certainly are a large number of recognizable AT&T alumni failures at other companies. In fact, one person in the article suggests that those who succeed after coming out of AT&T do so because they learned what not to do, rather than how to manage properly. The easiest explanation for this, of course, is that AT&T was a government regulated monopoly, and the culture there was built on that understanding, rather than a real understanding of how to compete in the market. Of course, thanks to SBC, it looks like Ma Bell won't be throwing off too many more executive alumni (well, other than the current batch, of course).