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    Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    Studying for my management exam, I came upon an interesting excerpt that I thought the community would enjoy.

    "Consider the case of Paul Pressler, whose 5-year term as CEO of Gap Inc., ended in 2007. Pressler had been hired from Disney to use his expertise to bring discipline to the struggling company. His tenure was criticized for its increase in meeting, with employees asked to explain incredibly specific details to Gap Inc.'s new CFO. One former employee describes the demands as 'the antithesis of being creative and nimble. It was talking about the work vs. doing the work.' Criticisms about decision making style were also leveled at Cynthia Harriss, whom Pressler had hired to lead the Gap brand. 'She made no decisions,' says one employee. 'She defaulted to Paul, who made no decisions.'"

    Just thought I'd give everyone a good laugh.


    From Organizational Behavior, Colquitt, 2009

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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    I'm laughing... but I'm crying as well, for what Disneyland was before Eisner brought in Pressler -- and for what it became after.
    "With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
    Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
    imagination or art. All you need is a brand."

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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    [laughs hysterically]

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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    Paul + Cynthia = FAIL


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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    Oh that is just funny. It's like they didn't learn a thing at all! Of course, that type of person is incapable of learning a life lesson.

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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    Quote Originally Posted by mycroft16 View Post
    It's like they didn't learn a thing at all! Of course, that type of person is incapable of learning a life lesson.
    Neither do the boneheaded companies that keep hiring them.
    "With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
    Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
    imagination or art. All you need is a brand."

    - Neil Gabler


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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    Oh, they are being rehired by Disney Management?







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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    Ouch. Definitely funny, sad, ironic, and embarasing for Disney all at the same time.
    The Mickey audience is not made up of people; it has no racial, national, political, religious or social differences or affiliations; the Mickey audience is made up of parts of people, of that deathless, precious, ageless, absolutely primitive remnant of something in every world-wracked human being which makes us play with children’s toys and laugh without self-consciousness at silly things, and sing in bathtubs, and dream and believe that our babies are uniquely beautiful. You know…the Mickey in us.
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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bob View Post
    Ouch. Definitely funny, sad, ironic, and embarasing for Disney all at the same time.
    Eisner has proven himself capable of many things, but experiencing embarrassment isn't one of them.
    "With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
    Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
    imagination or art. All you need is a brand."

    - Neil Gabler


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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    Well, I'm embarrassed for him and the company.
    The Mickey audience is not made up of people; it has no racial, national, political, religious or social differences or affiliations; the Mickey audience is made up of parts of people, of that deathless, precious, ageless, absolutely primitive remnant of something in every world-wracked human being which makes us play with children’s toys and laugh without self-consciousness at silly things, and sing in bathtubs, and dream and believe that our babies are uniquely beautiful. You know…the Mickey in us.
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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    I read an article a year or so ago in Business Week outlining Pressler's failure at the GAP. It was also not a very favorable article, to say the least. So the consensus seems to be that Paul Pressler was not a very good manager. Disney should be embarrased to admit that he worked for them.

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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    It's just so sad to hear a Gap employee call former Disney people the antithesis of creative. I guess that makes sense though, if there's one thing they got really good at at Disney it was crushing the dreams of creative people.
    The Mickey audience is not made up of people; it has no racial, national, political, religious or social differences or affiliations; the Mickey audience is made up of parts of people, of that deathless, precious, ageless, absolutely primitive remnant of something in every world-wracked human being which makes us play with children’s toys and laugh without self-consciousness at silly things, and sing in bathtubs, and dream and believe that our babies are uniquely beautiful. You know…the Mickey in us.
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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
    Disney should be embarrased to admit that he worked for them.
    Pressler not only worked for them, he was touted in-house as Eisner's likely successor. He is still held in high esteem in many parts of the company.



    Quote Originally Posted by Uncle Bob View Post
    It's just so sad to hear a Gap employee call former Disney people the antithesis of creative. I guess that makes sense though, if there's one thing they got really good at at Disney it was crushing the dreams of creative people.
    Sadly true.
    "With the acquisition of Marvel and now of Lucasfilm,
    Disney may have finally found the grail. You don't need
    imagination or art. All you need is a brand."

    - Neil Gabler


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    Re: Paul Pressler and Cynthia Harriss in my college Management Book!!

    Don't they run the Michael Scott Paper Company now?

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