What I Remember About Ray Noorda

Posted: October 10, 2006 in Uncategorized

Ray Noorda came this close to beating Microsoft at networking. 
Alas, wasn’t to be. 
While Novell may have fallen on harder times these days, very few remember it was one of the big go-go-go companies in the 80’s, growing from 17 to over 12,000 employees.
What I remember most about him (other than the go-go-go) was an illegal but highly-effective employment practice:  Every year, he would — mandatorily — cut 10% of his employees, even while he was usually off hiring many more new employees.
He called it, "clearing out the deadwood every company has."
I think about this from time-to-time… not sure every CEO wouldn’t find some truth in this statement.

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