“This is my sixth financial crisis and my third pandemic,” former Cisco Chair and Chief Executive Officer John Chambers told a virtual conference in North Carolina last week. “Normally you have a problem about every five years.” Chambers, who led Cisco from 1995 until 2015 and remained chair until 2017, grew the company from $70 million in revenue to a $40 billion run rate by 2007. Since leaving the corporation, he has invested in start-ups, coaches 18, and acts as a mentor to 100.
His advice during an economic downturn or a crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic: “You have to be visible. Don’t hide.” Click here to read more about his ideas during the event.