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Carly Fiorina’s rules of the road

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To bring a company legend to life, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina created a list of principles invoking the story of how two buddies in a garage started the company.

Here are her “Rules of the Garage”:

1. Believe you can change the world.

2. Work quickly; keep the tools unlocked; work whenever.

3. Know when to work alone and when to work together.

4. Share tools & ideas. Trust your colleagues.

5. No politics. No bureaucracy. (They’re ridiculous in a garage.)

6. The customer defines a job done well.

7. Radical ideas are not bad ideas.

8. Invent different ways of working.

9. Contribute every day. If it doesn’t contribute, it doesn’t leave the garage.

10. Believe that together, we can do anything.

— Adapted from Navigating the Badlands: Thriving in the Decade of Radical Transformation, Mary O’Hara Devereaux, Jossey-Bass.

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