Friday, August 23, 2013

Steve Ballmer is Going to Frickin' Retire From Microsoft!

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months
MY
Moving forward
GOODNESS
Microsoft's next CEO Who's on the short list ZDNet
+1.

Liked.

Favorited.

Ka-ching!

A well prepared blogger, even a crusty spider-web covered 99.9%-retired one like me, would have at least had a post ready to go for this glorious circumstance, like how most news organizations have obituaries written up and ready to publish. I had no such optimism that this would be happening before 2017.

To me, this throws the whole in-process re-org upside down. Why re-org under the design of the exiting leader? Even if the Senior Leadership Team goes forward saying that they support the re-org, it's undermined by everyone who is a part of it now questioning whether the new leader will undo and recraft the decisions being made now. I'd much rather Microsoft be organized under the vision of the new leader and their vision.

As for that new leader? Let the guessing game begin. How about first crafting the list of skills. Microsoft is huge and complex and Ballmer does has to be respected for running something as crazy as Microsoft to the point where it always seemed like no one could possibly replace him.

The first skill I'm putting down on my CEO job requisition is: "Has architected and implemented software features at the Principal level." Yeah, I want someone who has written complex software to run a big huge software (and devices) company. Crazy.

What are your thoughts?

This is going to be in interesting 2013 Company Meeting. As for Ballmer's habit of coming out to an inspirational song, may I suggest Dancing in the Street. Because that's what my heart is playing right now. And of course, we need an exit song, too. Something, that perhaps begins with:

"Na-na-na-na, Na-na-na-na, Hey-Hey-Hey. -"


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just emerged from stack ranking my extended dirs, after being fooled into telling everyone that we had made the sane decision to punt stack. I don't conceptually disagree with the idea of rewards, even drastic differentiation, but i have now lied to my folks. sickening. GM laughed about punting stack ranking, what else would we use she asked!

Anonymous said...

This will be in tomorrow's new:
Microsoft will spend 20B to rename Windows to Windia

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Anonymous said...

WHERE IS MINI?
LEFT?
the MSFT employees living in the trenches (under mid management) love open, direct, honest and respectful feedback :)

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Anonymous said...

I posted this on a Secret sharing app but thought I would share here.

Resigned after 5 years at Microsoft. Didn't get a response from anyone in my management chain but did get and automated HR email about the exit process. Guess no one wants to know my reasons or wish me well. #HoldingMyHeadHigh

Anonymous said...

Where the hell are you Mini?

Anonymous said...

Is this blog dead?

Anonymous said...

Mini, Have seen any new blog from you for almost a year. Whats up?

Anonymous said...

What's the new news about layoff?

Anonymous said...

Hey, Mini,
It would be great if you could create a post so that folks can comment on, confirm, or otherwise share any information they have about the rumored layoffs.

Anonymous said...

So... Layoffs?

Anonymous said...

http://www.geekwire.com/2014/internal-memo-microsoft-cut-external-staff-18-months-requiring-six-month-break/

here comes axe on Vendors

Anonymous said...

Should be some kind of affirmative actions against too many FTEs of the same nationality on any team. This will somehow prevent total takeover by your indian brothers and sisters.

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