In a letter written from prison by Stephen Richards, the former head of global sales at Computer Associates International Inc. (CA), to a University of Chicago graduate student, Richards responds to a number of questions posed by the student about the pressures and challenges he faced while a senior financial manager at Computer Associates. Reading and discussing your views of Richards’ comments allows you the opportunity to confront difficult issues that managers can be forced to face.
Carefully read the “Letter from Prison” case included in your Harvard Business School pack and reflect upon the discussion points below. Upon completion of your analysis, please prepare a thoughtful write-up that addresses your views on the discussions points shown below.
Reflect on what you learned from this assignment and how you might incorporate the lessons learned in your future careers.