The point of the advice is that "you should be prepared to..." and the rest of the advice is "if its appropriate and handled with a sophisticated strategy" Bald head boss never listens of course to anything that involves real work. If your corporation had one successful business because it was R&D selling directly products that shared nothing in common and your other five businesses were lagging without a star product wouldn't make sense taking it slowly and carefully moving the products out to make 5 successful businesses at the cost of one.
I love it when managers get together for a meeting. The more time they spend doing that the less time they spend !$%*!$%* things up. Also, not having them around allows time for a short burst of productivity.
@R3sistance Microsoft already has cannibalized Windows in a bid to popularize their tablet/mobile offerings and there is serious talk of them selling off their console business once the unknown new CEO comes in.
Who is the expert that thinks that killing or cannibalizing your best businesses is a good idea? Did the CEO misunderstand some advice or did he accept advice given by an expert that works for a competitor?
Could you imagine if Microsoft killed off or cannibalized windows, office and the x-box consoles or apple killed/cannibalized off Macs, Ipods/iphones/ipads and iTunes? those companies would suffer significantly....