What do Hewlett Packard and Yahoo have in common? Each company:
- has a very new or relatively new CEO
- is in the heart of Silicon Valley (they are almost neighbors!)
- has an internationally recognized brand
- is STUCK
Back in May I wrote about Hewlett Packard’s long, steady slide to become a stuck Company. That blog post was entitled: Call the Handyman: These Garage Doors are Broken.
Today, Yahoo officially joins HP as a member of the 9Stucks club.
Becoming stuck isn’t an instant event for companies whether they are large or small. Stuck develops subtly over time and is more insidious than a sudden, severe crisis. It’s like falling asleep at the beach and waking up to see the water swirling all around you and your belongings. Added to that is the cumulative negative effect of one stuck leading to another, and another, until the organization is in a veritable stew of stucks, also known around here as Stuck Salmagundi.
A bit of history may illustrate why Yahoo, like HP, has reached the exalted ‘they’re stuck’ designation.