Nutanix: 3 Quick Questions with .NEXT Speaker John McAdam
John McAdam has served as a member of the board of directors at Nutanix since 2015. He also currently serves on the board of F5 Networks, the company for which he was president and CEO from 2000 to 2017. Under his leadership, F5’s annual revenue grew from $100 million to $2 billion. Prior to F5 he was GM of IBM’s web server sales business, and president and COO of Sequent Computer Systems. He also happens to be a featured speaker at our upcoming .NEXT Conference in Nice.
We caught up with John to ask a few questions about leadership, today’s most important IT conversations, and one of his favorite foods.
Quickly explain your concept of “leadership in the moment.” Why is adaptability a particularly important topic for leaders now?
We’ve all heard it said: The only constant is change. Businesses must adapt to market fluctuations to remain relevant. And tone from the top is key. Obviously there are top-down messages that should not change, like the importance of integrity, customer satisfaction, innovation, etc, but leadership does require flexibility when necessary.
During the course of company growth you may find yourself in the “stability and build” phase where patience and coaching are critical. There could well be times when things need fixing. You may even be fighting for survival during an economic crisis. The “survival” phase creates the need for quick action, probable change, and sometimes very tough decisions.
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