The HP Way was not gentle.
The principles that Bill Hewlett and David Packard set down to run Hewlett-Packard, HP, are not always accurately reported. For example, recently I heard a seminar where the speaker waxed on about corporate values. The speakers cited the HP Way,
and nowhere is there a mention of a bottom line.
I beg to differ. It's rule number one. Packard writes,
profit, [is] a measure of success, a source of strength; maximize it so long as you do so in ways consistent with the other objectives;
The motivational speaker was wrong. David Packard once told us that without profit, we cannot do any of the other good things that HP was chartered to do.