The message issued by Dara Khosrowshahi on 2/9, is a testament to his exceptional leadership qualities, notably accountability, honesty, emotional intelligence and integrity.
The note addresses the settlement reached in the litigation with Waymo. In my view, the settlement was the right business decision to quickly eliminate the energy drain and distractions caused by a drawn-out court case and, instead, to focus the energy on the task at hand, namely bringing self-driving vehicles to life.
In an ‘olive branch’ to Alphabet and Waymo, Khosrowshahi explains how everybody has a role to play in the self-driving car ecosystem and acknowledges the partnership and also the healthy competition which will drive the industry forward at an astounding pace in the years to come.
The “great and talented people of Uber ATG” get an apology for the distraction caused and a solid nod of appreciation for their passion and his faith in them as the team which will deliver the product, based on their innovative skills.
Finally, Khosrowshahi touches upon the issue at the core of the litigation and states that, while there is no indication that any IP was transferred or was used by Uber, integrity will be “at the core of every decision” – a key value driven forward by a truly inspirational leader, and one which I am sure will be carried to every corner of the organization.
Truly, a well-crafted, balanced and inspiring message that we all should take to heart in our lives, personal and professional ones alike.
About the author: Kurt is a successful professional in leadership of people and processes in technology-based organizations. Captivated by the technology of autonomous vehicles and the qualities they will bring to people, environment and the world at large, he is considering the next phase of his professional career.
With experience from vision-guided robotics, consumer electronics & semiconductors, IT and industrial process control, Kurt is well-known for his professionalism, ingenuity and value-oriented approach to finding solutions to difficult problems. Find out more at www.kurtjensen.net.