Book Reviews and Articles

The Right Stuff: Hidden qualities that make a good leader great

by Inder Sidhu

the-economist

Can anyone replace Steve Jobs? That's what a lot of analysts, investors and customers are wondering now that the Apple CEO (AAPL) has indicated that he will take a medical leave of absence from the company–his third in the past few years.

Decision Prescription

by Inder Sidhu

the-economist

Economic growth or deficit reduction? In the United States, there seems to be only one choice—though competing interests argue over which is correct. In the UK, however, the coalition government thinks otherwise. Rather than endlessly debating which priority is greater, David Cameron's administration has knuckled down and taken on both challenges simultaneously. While the decision is putting great strain on citizens throughout Britain, it is the proper course to pursue given the nation's high unemployment and elevated debt.

Innovate or Adapt? The Challenge of New Markets (pdf)

by Inder Sidhu

hbr

Imagine a world in which a child can attend school for just $1 per month and where a visit to a doctor costs less than a candy bar from a vending machine. Fantasy, right? Not to Cisco. We are working to make accessible education and affordable health care a reality for literally billions of people.

Innovation by "Doing Both" Cisco Manages Contradictions That Drive Growth and Profit (pdf)

by Alistair Davidson

strategy-leadership

Interview with Inder Sidhu, SVP Strategy and Planning for Worldwide Operations at Cisco.

Managing the 'Van Halen effect' in companies

by Inder Sidhu

washington-post

Here's a blast from the past that might rock your world next year: Rock-and-roll hall-of-famers Van Halen are reportedly reuniting in 2011 with former front-man David Lee Roth for a new tour and album..

Cisco’s Virtual Management Lab

by Inder Sidhu

strategy_business

How one of the world’s most innovative companies discovered the value of focusing its R&D attention on its own business practices.

Doing Both: A Cisco Executive Explains Why It Makes Sense to Avoid 'Either-Or' Scenarios--Both in Life, and in Business

by Inder Sidhu

wharton

"Even in the remotest times, long preceding the Christian era, the ancients understood the value of dignifying their harbors with impressive works. The Colossus of Rhodes and the Pharaohs of Alexandria were counted among the seven wonders of the world. ... But the bridge across the Golden Gate would dwarf and overshadow them all."

The Cisco Way (pdf)

by Benedict Paramanand

management-next

After the famous Toyota Way and later the HP Way, Cisco may now stake its claim to its own Way. Cisco’s ‘Doing Both’ strategy in the past seven years has helped double revenue, triple profits, and quadruple earnings per share.

Facebook's false choice: What it should have done to preserve trust

by Inder Sidhu

fortune

How the largest social network can pursue both its own objectives and its customer needs.

What The Cloud Above Obscures

by Inder Sidhu

forbes

For more than a decade, technology's elite companies have reigned supreme by following one fundamental business formula. They have each attracted a large following with innovative point products that they later transformed into technology platforms that were as appealing as they were inescapable.

If Email is Dead, What Replaces It?

by Wayne Turmel

bnet

People hate email. We read about it all the time, including in this column (but then I whine about a lot of things). Many people claim email is fading away as the malevolent primary tool of our workday and good riddance to it. Sounds good, at first blush.

How Amazon Maintains Its Edge

by Inder Sidhu

forbes

What company can boast a sold-out handheld electronic gadget, a transformational business computing platform and a clever idea for the future of TV and movie viewing?

Profits without Permanence: The Perilous Path of Short-Sighted Leaders

by Inder Sidhu

chief-executive

Rather than make a foolish tradeoff between prioritizing profits or permanence, CEOs must preoccupy themselves with doing both.

Doing Both, Part 2: A Simple Plan for a Better Life

by Patricia Sellers

fortune

Here, in Part 2 of his Guest Post, Cisco Systems (CSCO) SVP Inder Sidhu describes how he applied his strategy of "doing both" to succeed in America. This is an adapted excerpt from his recently released book, Doing Both: How Cisco Captures Today's Profits and Drives Tomorrow's Growth.

Doing both: A simple plan for a better life

by Patricia Sellers

fortune

We strive to achieve at the office and succeed at home. We try to live for today and plan for tomorrow. We labor long and hard to give our children the things that our parents gave to us: roots to keep them grounded and wings to help them soar. As a son in the East and a father in the West, I "do both" whenever I can.

Doing Both and the Importance of Getting Your Feet Wet

by dylan

800ceo

Inder Sidhu's Doing Both was number one on the Inc./800-CEO-READ Business Book Bestseller List in July. Jon recently sent him three questions he asks of all our best-selling authors, and I really enjoyed his answers...

Book Review: Doing Both: How Cisco Captures Today's Profit and Drives Tomorrow's Growth

by S. Sadagopan

bc

The strategic insights that Doing Both provides are quite interesting -- such as how Cisco manages the partner channel, how they changed the channel strategy, the globalization initiative of Cisco, deputing talents to potential spin-in's, and the fabled Cisco operational committee's.

Doing Both: An Interview with Cisco's Inder Sidhu

by Drea Knufken

business-pundit

Focus on your core competency. Prioritize. Do one thing at a time. Business has used these mantras for at least the past 20 years. But Cisco SVP Inder Sidhu wants to ask you this: What if you can do both?

Cisco's Greatest Opportunity and Greatest Challenge

by Mac Gree

tmf

What's the biggest opportunity for Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO)? What's the biggest challenge?

The Not-So-Dirty Secret Behind P&G's Innovation

by Mac Gree

tmf

How has Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) been able to maintain its innovative edge?

1 Surprising Way Cisco Makes Money

by Mac Gree

tmf

With a $133 billion market cap, networking giant Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) is the largest player in its field. However, competition is rapidly expanding. Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ), Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), and Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) are all aggressively pursuing their slice of the networking pie. Yet, in spite of this competition, Cisco keeps up its domination of the industry.

The Biggest Threats to Amazon, Apple, and Google

by Mac Gree

tmf

Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN), Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL), and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) are celebrated for their innovation. Can they sustain that innovation? What are the biggest threats to Amazon, Apple, and Google?

How to give up power and get more done

by Inder Sidhu

washington-post

Would you give up some of your authority and responsibility if it resulted in accomplishing more?

Tough Business Decision? Do Both

PR Web

pr

Cisco's Inder Sidhu's Guidebook to Capturing New Profit and Growth Opportunities Tops Amazon.com Bestseller List

Excerpt from Doing Both: BYD Dreams of Electric Cars

by Inder Sidhu

bloomberg

China-based BYD wants to be the first to deliver a mass-produced, electric-powered, plug-in vehicle. It might just do it, too.

Cover Story View: Inder Sidhu, Senior VP, Strategy and Planning at Cisco

by Inder Sidhu

peoplematters

How will the massive deployment of conferencing technology change the workplaces of the future?

The Two-Pronged Approach To Innovation Your Company Needs

by Inder Sidhu

forbes

Pursuing both disruptive and sustaining innovation at the same time can multiply your success.

How To Get Beyond False Choices

by Inder Sidhu

hbr

Ever lose sleep over a difficult business decision? Did you watch the hours tick by as you agonized over the advantages of one option, or the risk of selecting the other?

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