In really good companies, you have to lead. You have to come up with big ideas and express them forcefully. I have always been encouraged -- or sometimes forced -- to confront the very natural fear of being wrong. I was constantly pushed to find out what I really thought and then to speak up. Over time, I came to see that waiting to discover which way the wind was blowing is an excellent way to learn how to be a follower.
When I was elected CEO, I said I hoped to have the perseverance to stay long enough to get the job done and the wisdom not to remain too long, ... By the end of 2001, I will have been a part of the PepsiCo team for 30 terrific years. I'm sure it will be surprising to very few people that I now feel it is time to move on to creating a new chapter in my life.