Robert Scoble wrote about his meeting with Target earlier this month:
Target report. Yesterday was an incredible day for me personally. There are so many fantastic people at Target I couldn’t name them all. Having dinner with Paul Singer last night, senior vice president and CIO, was one of the highlights of my life. He’s worked at Target for 21 years. We talked about a range of things from the Tablet PC I was carrying to his “Adopt” pin that he was wearing (he highly recommends adoption and is an evangelist for helping out kids who don’t have parents).
The headquarters at Target just gets my creative juices going. It’s a beautiful building and quite a few separate employees spoke in glowing terms about the art work and culture that’s prevelent there. Yesterday they had cultural dances and hundreds of employees were enthusiastically watching that.
I don’t want to share too much what was discussed in the meeting because that’s a competitive advantage that Target will have and I don’t want to mess that up.
If you think you (people who left comments on the treads, or wrote about Target yesterday) didn’t have an impact, you did. They are looking at this new world and trying to learn from it, and watching their process as they do that makes me understand why Target has such a strong brand. When I say “they” by the way, I mean many of the most important leaders inside Target are reading the blogs this morning.
One observation. Employees at Target dress to the nines! If Microsoft and Target employees ever got together for a party you’d be able to separate them out instantly. No jeans and t-shirts were seen at Target.
Another observation: far more diversity, both in gender and ethnicity, than I see in the tech industry. We have a LOT to learn from Target on that score.
Thanks for recognizing that Target is a cool place. It will be interesting to see how we proceed in the blogging arena.