Striking the Balance:
Managing Your Business Today while innovating for the future

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DATE :  Dec. 9th 2010 @ 7PM  ABSTRACT:

Business leaders face tough choices every day: run today’s business or invest for tomorrow? Nurture innovation or drive operational excellence? The most common reaction is to make a tradeoff and sacrifice one for the other, resulting in less-than-desirable outcomes. Such dichotomies set the stage for a lively presentation from Cisco strategy and planning executive Inder Sidhu. Challenging conventional wisdom, and drawing on the hard-won insights of companies such as Cisco, Whirlpool, and Harley-Davidson, Inder will explore “doing both”– taking on two seemingly opposing activities and leveraging each for the benefit of the other. Join the discussion and leave inspired with new insights for “doing both” in your organization, too. Copies of Sidhu’s new book, Doing Both: How Cisco Captures Today's Profit and Drives Tomorrow's Growth will be available for purchase at the event.

VENUE :  Nixon Peabody -2 Palo Alto Square 3000 El Camino

7:00 - 7:15pm Networking & book signing with Inder Sidhu, author of Doing Both
7:15 - 7:45pm Presentation and Q&A
Inder Sidhu
7:45 - 8:30pm Book Signing

Inder Sidhu, Senior VP, Worldwide Operations at Cisco Inder Sidhu is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning for Worldwide Operations at Cisco, the $40 billion worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. He is also a member of the company’s Operating Committee. From 2006-2010, Inder co-led Cisco's Emerging Countries Council, which drives business success in fast-growing geographies like China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, and the Middle East. From 2006-2009, he co-led the Enterprise Business Council, which is responsible for Cisco’s corporate business, representing about half of the company’s total revenue. In 2010, Sidhu published Doing Both: How Cisco Captures Today's Profit & Drives Tomorrow's Growth (FT Press). In this New York Times bestseller, he identifies common business dichotomies and explores how successful companies avoid difficult tradeoffs and instead achieve bigger outcomes by “doing both.” Using this framework, he offers a unique view of Cisco’s consistent record of innovation and high performance.

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