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After Ballmer: 8 Execs You Love To Hate

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer created the kind of love-hate relationship that tech users can't resist. These tech bigwigs can bring it like Ballmer.
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Steve Ballmer was like the star of his own reality show -- tears, laughs, crazy stunts, and business deals that brought weekly drama. Whether he was pretending to stomp on an employee's iPhone to make a point or crying on stage, Ballmer attracted attention and headlines, as well as his fair share of haters.

It was never going to be easy for anyone to follow Bill Gates, and despite his significant business success, Ballmer has always been shrouded in controversy. Ballmer was too interesting to simply hate. He created the kind of love-hate relationship that is sort of fun to have, much like how you hate a rival sports team.

With Ballmer retired, I decided to think about some of the current technology leaders who could fill his shoes as the guy (or gal) you love to hate. I didn't want to just make a list of people nobody likes -- that's too easy. It's hard to imagine that former Paypal CEO and Facebook investor Peter Thiel, for example, had many fans after he announced he didn't support a woman's right to vote. But there's nothing fun about that.

What I looked for are complicated figures -- people who are probably a real hoot at dinner but who, because of business reasons, interesting character flaws, honest disagreements, or an amusing inability to keep their mouths shut, offer us endless entertainment. Dig into our slideshow for a list of executives I think can bring it like Ballmer.

David has been writing on business and technology for over 10 years and was most recently Managing Editor at Enterpriseefficiency.com. Before that he was an Assistant Editor at MIT Sloan Management Review, where he covered a wide range of business topics including IT, ... View Full Bio

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Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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6/29/2014 | 12:35:06 PM
Re: Meyer and telecommuting
tekedge,

That's the smartest and simplest way of looking at this issue today.

Ultimately its the Moolah that matters more than anything else.

Bring home the Bacon and everything else takes care of itself.

 
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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6/29/2014 | 12:29:15 PM
Re: Mayer & Telecommuting
Susan,

Please could you elaborate what is it about Marissa Mayer that you find quite "Fake"?

The way I look at is like this-Most Public Companies in the US have CEOs who are more like Generals+cheerleaders who have to not just Lead Employees onward but also Manage Stock market expectations under Intense Media Hype.

[Most of those Newspaper Articles where she claims is super-easy to Juggle a Kid and a CEO position just attempt to Build on that very same Aura/Hype].

Marissa Mayer has managed the Job Admirably well(compared to her Predeccesors here);so she's definitely a success on that count.

But would still like to hear what you find really negative about her.

Regards

Ashish.

 
Ashu001
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Ashu001,
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6/29/2014 | 12:20:57 PM
Re: Meyer and telecommuting
Susan,

Very Wise Words.

I am so surprised(and intrigued) when I first see CEOs treating Employees poorly[no increments/No Bonuses to keep up with Inflation,Longer Working Hours,Firing them at the first sign of Trouble,etc] & then they constantly complain about Low Morale amongst staff[for which they again Spend a Crazy amount of Staff on Motivational Gurus and other such related Nonsense!!!].

Won't it make more sense if you just treat your employees well initially itself?

As Someone who runs my own Business;I always keep my Employees first and they know it.

Even if A Situation arises where my Revenue/Contracts Dry up;I tell them the truth and then let them go.

None of the Nonsense which occurs in most Fortune 500 firms today.

Regards

Ashish.

 
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Ashu001,
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6/29/2014 | 12:10:49 PM
Re: Mayer & Telecommuting
Susan,

Parenting most definitely needs both Parents involved together to create great kids.

As the Kid Grows up,he/she definitely both parents so that they grow up into Balanced Individuals.

Don't forget to send me that Parenting Book you promised me.

LOL!!!!

Regards

Ashish.
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Ashu001,
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6/29/2014 | 12:08:38 PM
What no Larry Ellison on this List?
David,

The List you mentioned is incomplete with that Megalomaniac called Larry Ellison;who constantly thinks he's bigger than he really is.

If you really wanted someone to Hate he's the person.

 
Susan Fourtané
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Susan Fourtané,
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6/28/2014 | 9:03:19 AM
Re: Mayer & Telecommuting
Dave, 

"Find some male CEOs who take the balance seriously for themselves and for their employees."

Yes, that's a good idea. Parenting is a male thing as well.

-Susan
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6/28/2014 | 8:51:17 AM
Re: Meyer and telecommuting
takedge, 

It's not about "pleasing employees". It's about making things easier to employees and keeping them happy because at the end of the day you, as a CEO, need them to do what you need to do. It's about leadership and understanding what being a good leader means.  

-Susan
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Susan Fourtané,
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6/28/2014 | 8:41:38 AM
Re: Mayer & Telecommuting
HH, 

Yes. Maybe it also depends on the country. Around here both women and men get the same leave, one or two years, they get their salary and can come back to their job afterwards. They also share more household chores and they both take care of the baby. It would be too much for only one parent. 

So, I think the fathers who take care of their child and then also go to the office should have the same space for talking about their life-work balance. It's not just a female CEO thing. And by no means it's just a Marissa Mayer's thing. She seems to me quite fake, by the way. Never on my list of favorite people. 

-Susan

 
Joe Stanganelli
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6/28/2014 | 8:39:45 AM
Re: Mayer & Telecommuting
Interesting.  I'd never heard that "Mr. Right" term before -- except in terms of discussing somebody's suitability for dating.

Of course, women seem to be the worst perpetrators unto themselves.  All those articles on women's work-life balance, "having it all," the difficulties women face being a CEO and a mother?  They're all written by women.  No one's talking about dad in the office...even though I think we're well past the Mad Men days of it being the norm for male executives to have three-martini lunches, hit the bars every night, and come home too late to have dinner or see the kids -- while mom stays at home and does all the chores and child-rearing.
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6/28/2014 | 8:33:02 AM
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Yep.  Runners are crazy.  (But then what can you expect from people who make a habit of running over 26 miles in one go?)

I have no personal problem with Bezos, but others have written about him in less-than-flattering terms.
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