I read an interesting article in business line that talked about the power of blogs and the need to react fast to what’s been said or written about organizations (and individuals). What raised my curiosity was the fact that this article talked about Indra Nooyi, President & CFO of PepsiCo, who is originally from Chennai. So, I started digging around to get more juice on the purported speech of Indira Nooyi that landed her in trouble.
Ms. Nooyi delivered a commencement speech to the graduating class of 2005 at the Columbia University Business School on
I read the whole text of her address. While I understand the crux of the overall message, I do wish she had used a different analogy to drive home the message. It may be that she wanted to be provocative, but it sorely misfired on her. Ms. Nooyi acknowledged as much in her apology statement when she says “Over the years I’ve witnessed and advised others how a thoughtless gesture or comment can hurt good, caring people. Regrettably, I’ve proven my own point. Please accept my sincere apologies.”
In her speech and the subsequent statement and apology, she went out of her way to state her loyalty and love for
Here are my questions: