Re: Nadella "specializes" or is a generalist?
You're going by speech patterns to determine how well he would do as a Microsoft CEO? I never would have thought about that.
I'll say one thing though, most CEOs, and upper management in general, are just competent. When the economy is doing well, and everything is growing, their defects don't show. But when things become tough, those companies do poorly. There really are very few outstanding CEOs. And Microsoft needs one more than many other companies. Particularly now that they've gotten themselves in the hole they have. This is due because of the just barely competent CEO (and chairman) that they do have. Microsoft's growth is less due to extraordinary leadership, then it is due to tying themselves to IBM's ship originally, and then to dubious business deals and suppression of competitors.
Now, they've gotten themselves into a lot of trouble, and need someone amazing to pull themselves out of it. I just don't think this is the guy. I believe that someone who isn't a software expert would be more what they need. This company needs to be torn up, and glued back together in a different way, while throwing away the blank pages.