TROUBLE Too Damn Comfortable!

TROUBLE "Too Damn Comfortable!"

Things look a bit grayer at Big Blue these days, at least judging from an internal memo leaked last week by someone within IBM. The theme of a charring corporate review delivered at an April management meeting in Armonk, N.Y., was "Everyone is too damn comfortable at a time when the business is in crisis." The critique continued: "There's no fun being a no-growth business. It's not the stockholders' fault. The problem belongs to those who manage the business." Remarkable words under any circumstances, but most remarkable considering the source: IBM chairman John Akers.

The cause of Akers' aches is hardly...

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