So I'm here in the bloggers lounge at EMCWorld, and in comes a bunch of EMC's top folks. Joe Tucci, CEO; Jeff Nick, CTO; Jeremy Burton, CMO; Jack Mollen, EVP of HR. Whatever. (smile, wink) I keep blogging; keeping an ear out toward what was happening on the stage.
I see Jack come over to the bank of PCs sitting on top of a high-bar-type table, where I was trying to write. "Show me the blogs?" he asked. I pointed to the "blogs" hyperlink on the EMCWorld page, and then along came Len Devanna, who gleefully started to tell him where he could read the blogs being put out today. Then, a funny role reversal moment: Jack says, "Polly, do you have that flip camera thingy?"
Ahhh, duh! It took Jack to remind me of the great video'ing opportunity we had right in front of my nose.
Len lit up. "Yes," he said, smiling. I took out the camera and asked Len to interview Jack, himself. Topic: Talent, and the 2.0 Open, Collaboration Movement. (PS: In the background -- that's Chuck Hollis of Chuck's Blog fame.)
Then, Jack agreed to interview Jeremy, our new CMO. Topic: EMC brand opportunity and personal impressions at EMCWorld. (This and more will be posted later.)
Next, I put the camera on Joe Tucci and Michael Capellas (the famous career CEO who just joined EMC to run our Cloud business.) Topic: EMC culture change and how Joe factors competition into his behavior as a CEO.
Then ... some really good stuff. An exchange between Michael and Jack on the courtship of a CEO and how he came to join EMC. They lit up telling the story. "At a Red Sox game," says Jack. Joe called Jack while he was in Cambodia and said, "Talk to Michael!"
"99.9 percent right," said Michael. It was a YANKEES game, and in the fourth inning Joe turned to me and said, "So, whatdaya think?"
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Can you see the power of incorporating the human, and the color, into the business landscape? Everyone involved in the process had fun with it -- and now, I can't wait to upload the videos and share the emotion, the body language, and yes, the content with EMC's global force.
Which reminds me, an EMCer from Germany came up to me at the concert last night to thank me again for the "Leadership in Action" reality TV videos I've been doing. He reminded me of the thank you note he send me after one of the editions. "You have no idea how valuable they are," he said. "We're so removed from Corporate. We don't get to see these execs, and hear them at that level. Thank you. It helps keep us connected."
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