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And speaking of stupid, super-smart HP CEO Mark Hurd got the boot this past week for filing improper expense reports and hitting-on a marketing consultant. There is no doubt that Hurd is (was?) the best big PC company CEO of his generation, a true genius who brought HP back not from the brink as Steve Jobs did at Apple, but back a long way back to PC market dominance while Dell self-destructed in response. But Hurd also appears to have had few friends at HP or he could have ridden-out this boneheaded thing or at least held on a bit longer.
Brilliance combined with power can lead to isolation and eventually to arrogance. Hurd was arrogant.