MANAGEMENT FIRST, TECHNOLOGY SECOND
The success of companies like IBM and Microsoft can be attributed more to management than technology. Some companies have failed even though they were better than Huawei. They failed because they did not pay attention to management. Management is something that cannot be bought with money. (Ren Zhengfei: Speech at the CIMS System Report Meeting of the Management Engineering Business Department, 1997)
What counts as a contribution? it’s not only about doing a job: debuting, programming, or whatever. Managing a job is also contribution; as a matter of fact, it has even broader and deeper implications. In a team, there must be someone who acts as the organizer or manager. Does an organizer or manager necessarily contribute less than an ordinary employee? Definitely not. In principle, an organizer contributes more than those who do the actual work. Of course, there are instances where a small number of experts can contribute more than a manger. However, most experts should be placed under managers. (Ren Zhengfei: Speech Before the Appointment of New R&D Managers, 1997)
The most obvious characteristic of Huawei’s transformation from the start-up phase to the growth phase is strengthening management and developing professional managers. In our growth phase, we aim to strengthen management. This will provide you with great opportunities. (Ren Zhengfei: Fitting in the Team and Developing Together, 1997)
For more insights into Huawei’s valuable practises read Dedication.
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