Chief Executive Officer | episode 370

Lessons from Cisco's John Chambers

John is the Chairman Emeritus and former CEO Cisco Systems. During his 25+ years at Cisco, John drove explosive growth in the company from $70 million in revenue when he joined, to $47 billion when he stepped down as CEO. John is currently the founder and CEO of JC2 Ventures, where he helps disruptive startups from around the world build and scale. December 03, 2018

370: John Chambers, the former CEO of Cisco,  reflects on his 25 years at Cisco, from his greatest professional regret, to the key factors behind Cisco’s massively successful acquisition strategy, to the critical importance of culture. We also discussed his work with the leaders of France and India to digitize their countries, what he looks for when evaluating companies to invest in, insights from his new book, Connecting The Dots: Lessons For Leadership In A Startup World, among other topics.


While some of my critics would say that I spread myself too thin at times and was too ambitious, that was not my biggest regret. I respectfully disagree with that argument, and in fact, I believe we should have been even more aggressive.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

From strategy to implementation

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