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Microsoft CEO Search: 3 Things Satya Nadella Brings
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melgross
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melgross,
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1/31/2014 | 8:13:06 PM
Re: Nadella represents Microsoft's strengths
But that exactly one of the things I'm worried about. He specializes. The CEO shouldn't have ties to one area. (S)he should be able to look at the company in its entirety and decide what needs to be cut, and what needs to be enhanced. He also needs to be able to tell Microsoft's story to customers. I'm not sure he can do that.
melgross
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melgross,
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1/31/2014 | 8:08:00 PM
Re: Secondary choice, or tertiary choice?
He may be the best choice of who can realistically be expected to take the position. But that doesn't mean he's a great, or even good, choice. I think the idea that Microsoft needs someone who excels technically, is incorrect, just as it was with IBM, a substantially more technically complex company than Microsoft ever was. Microsoft needs someone who can project a feeling about Microsoft that says that they are there for people, not just for themselves. I don't think that anyone within Microsoft can do that, they are all part of the problem. They also need someone who isn't too close to any particular product lines. That can't be said about anyone in Microsoft either. Will he favor his old areas? And it's a big difference between running a division, and running the entire shebang. A CEO has to make decisions that a division chief never need consider.
RobPreston
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1/31/2014 | 5:09:45 PM
Re: MS Insider Vs. Outsider
I agree with Chris Murphy here. Why is an outsider necessarily better than an insider? My father used to make fun of people who blindly hold to the notion that "far is better"--the notion that that "special" bakery 15 miles away is superior to the local one...mostly because it's far away. In the Microsoft case, insider knowledge is extremely valuable. I like the sound of Nadella. Don't underestimate him because he's an insider. 
Shane M. O'Neill
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1/31/2014 | 4:21:37 PM
Re: MS Insider Vs. Outsider
That's a criticism I used to hear about Ballmer: That he would actually repress efforts to groom his successor.  Probably paranoid.
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1/31/2014 | 4:07:23 PM
Re: MS Insider Vs. Outsider
Why is choosing an insider a sign of weakness? If a CEO is a decade in the job and hasn't groomed any successor candidates, that's a failure. 
Laurianne
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1/31/2014 | 3:24:36 PM
Re: Secondary choice, or tertiary choice?
No disrespect to Gerstner, but he also benefitted from great timing, getting in on the services wave. Will Nadella have that same kind of chance? He faces a harder road than Gerstner did, IMHO.
Lorna Garey
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1/31/2014 | 2:32:31 PM
Re: Nadella represents Microsoft's strengths
Exactly - Bezos should worry. Expect Azure to go after AWS with guns blazing this year. MS has the cash and enterprise cred to do it.
Shane M. O'Neill
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1/31/2014 | 1:36:30 PM
Re: MS Insider Vs. Outsider
I think the consensus is that Nadella is a solid but conservative choice. I don't think Microsoft has the gumption to tap an outsider. Nadella has been with Microsoft since the early '90s so he's the last thing from an outsider. If Nadella gets the call that signals to me it will be business as usual: hard-charging on enterprise tools and cloud, but still directionless on consumer because he has no consumer leadership experience. Then again, I've heard about Nadella's charm and likeability so maybe he'll have better relationships with the consumer side of the business and be the uniter that Ballmer never was.

 
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1/31/2014 | 1:01:09 PM
new CEO for MSFT?
Well, he's certainly a snappy dresser!! I do remember him vaguely from Sun I think.. he worked on the emerging big server products when the net was starting to build out. Not very chatty.
cbabcock
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1/31/2014 | 12:54:06 PM
Nadella represents Microsoft's strengths
Nadella is an insider, yes, but he also represents the strenghts of Microsoft beneath its flailing pursuit- of-consumers surface. Microsoft is a very strong systems company in both the enterprise data center  and the cloud. Nadella doesn't flinch from that. And he's fearless.
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