"There was a global leadership summit in Framingham today. Every VP and above under the sun was in town, not just from the US but also from Canada, Europe and the rest of the world.
At the end of the day, Shira invited everyone (and I mean everyone, not just the VPs) onto the West Lawn for what she described as a "cocktail party." Outside, on the road that runs alongside the lawn, was a large wall of cardboard boxes plastered with words that have been used to describe Staples in the last few years. A few I remember were "Bureaucratic." "Siloed." "Beaten down." "Not customer-centric." "Losing the battle." "Lost our mojo."
Shira, wearing a black t-shirt with Staples logos running down it in rainbow colors (actually a pretty dope shirt tbqh) gave a short speech to get the crowd hyped, and then summoned the spectacle of the evening. A Staples delivery truck, adorned in a fresh new livery featuring the new logo, came barreling down the road and smashed through the wall to symbolize "breaking down the barriers." From the truck emerged Vice Chairman Joe Doody, President of Staples Europe John Wilson, and who else but Staples Guy himself. They threw open the back of the truck and a bunch of Staples Brand Group people started handing out giveaways from it.
Now, some of you may roll your eyes and say that nothing will change, but one thing is certain - Shira Goodman is definitely not Ron Sargent."
The first thing that comes to mind...A TRUCK????? Why? They got rid of delivery and furniture is the next to go. Does management do this to rub it in peoples faces??????
Next, "siloed", "beaten down", etc. Really? They talk about these phrases constantly, do the changes occur....NO! All this is, is a Shira dog and pony showed Kool Aid drinking session. As Acting CEO, she really doesn't have the powers to make meaningful changes.