Three Core Elements of the HP Way
Agreeing on the HP Values:
providing the framework for setting corporate objectives and
establishing standards for HP employees in dealing with their
Setting and Agreeing on the Objectives:
getting everyone to agree on corporate
objectives and to
understand what the company is
trying to achieve.
turning everybody loose, so that people could move along in a
HP leaders have an advantage
that enables them to learn and adjust faster and more effectively. HP
top managers regularly discuss and assess the vitality of the
HP Way, a process, that inevitably results in corrective actions to ensure
its continued viability.
HP values are the centerpiece of the Hewlett-Packard
Way. "Hewlett-Packard's stated
are not uniquely different from most major companies. What makes the HP Way
unique, though, is the seriousness with which values are treated as a
management tool. They are not spread by sloganeering, but serve as criteria
for daily decision-making and advancement. Brought to life as well as
Hewlett-Packard does the HP Way,
values based management lifts everyone above trivial concerns to focus
on those that are truly important.
excelled in managing dualities and creating a delicate balance between
To create an organization that could sustain
regardless of marketplace whims and what their competitors were building, HP
founders based their
corporate culture on the
integration and reinforcement of critical opposites. This became known as
the Hewlett-Packard Way. HP has created an environment that both celebrates individualism
and also wholly supportive of teamwork.
Although HP people are taught to engage in
they are also rated on the performance of decentralized business units and
HP corporate culture is based on respect for others, a sense of community,
and hard work.
(HP) breaks the walls between functions, creating a carrier network that begins with the
recruitment of diverse people in terms of their skills and personality and
then promotes horizontally, as well as vertically throughout the company.
Typically, HP employees move through several functional areas in the
course of their carriers. This creates broad knowledge of the company,
corporate IQ, and fosters
employees don't follow a pre-defined path to a particular post.
comes time to promotion, managers don't look who is next down the carrier
line, they look for the best people.