I don't know any HP employees that are impressed by what someone says just because they are a manager. The employees I know are smart enough to evaluate what is said, and are not automatically impressed by what any manager has to say.
Maybe you need to get out more and mix.
As for Mike's earlier use of epithets, you might have noticed they weren't DIRECTED at anyone. Or perhaps that doesn't matter to you, and you would have Professor Kennedy indicted for his latest book, an excerpt of which was read tonight on "60 Minutes". The title is an epithet, but so as not to upset you, I'll only say it starts with "N".
If it helps you, Professor Kennedy is a rather handsome black academic. Let's hope he's not a musician and an "heir" too.
You quoted from a book by Professor Kotter, Harvard Business School, about "leading change". If that's the best advice Harvard has to offer ("create a crisis by allowing a financial loss") as a means to raise the urgency level for change then we as shareholders should embrace financial loss - lest we stand in the way of change.
"Realist", are you going to argue that Carly has created a crisis at HP by allowing financial loss, so as to "lead change" ?? Or are you arguing that the goals she set (like 15% profit) were set artificially high to force change - knowing employees couldn't make the goals no matter how hard they worked ??
If Professor Kotter and his ilk are your icons, then I pity the people who work under you. When you finally pull YOUR head from the sand, you'll understand that blind allegiance is not much comfort at the end of the day.