Thursday, July 8, 2004

Great BusinessWeek Commentary

There's a super BusinessWeek commentary by Steve Hamm about recent
Microsoft changes and the Ballmer memo at
. It's an excellent read. Here's an especially
relevant bit out of it that sums how I feel:

Instead of being driven to change the world -- the mission its best
employees signed up for -- a key focus now for Ballmer is "process
excellence," which seems unlikely to inspire Microsoftees to stay up all
night creating the Next Big Thing.

One thing really bad about being so process driven: it's totally thinking
and working inside of the box and empowers folks who aren't leaders but who
can really raise a stink when someone decides to color outside of the lines.
That's bad stuff. That does not lead to innovation and wake-fields of
creativity but rather keeps the big huge, bloated crew on a steady course to

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