In the wake of Steve Ballmer's exit from Microsoft and its Nokia acquisition, many have been talking about how Microsoft has lost its innovative edge because of a culture of fear. But if you're human and alive, you're afraid. Or at least you should be. Fear keeps us from doing stupid stuff as often.
It's surprising how few organizations encourage risk taking and foster a culture of outside-the box thinking. We are taught to set goals, achieve measurable results and assess success. But we are rarely encouraged to push the boundaries of new ideas and pioneering thoughts.
The greatest achievement of Steve Ballmer with respect to competing with iPhone was not to copy it, but to re-think Windows and eventually release the world's first and only cross-device and unified operating system, Windows 8.
To his credit, Ballmer invested heavily in R&D, but Microsoft has little to show for it. Like many of its high tech counterparts, Microsoft has been unable to overcome the dominance of its core business.
There's an utter lack of infrastructure in homes and schools that live side-by-side to some of the most sophisticated and tech-fluent corporations and startups -- preventing civic engagement and technological fluency among Silicon Valley's youth.
Russia's economy is both cursed and blessed by oil. Now is the time to grab the bull by the horns and take an initiative that will provide decades of non-oil based revenues and millions of new jobs that capitalize on Russia's bright, young, technologically gifted generation.
The lion's share of Microsoft's revenue has consistently come from large-scale businesses. Google and Apple never had this enterprise legacy to lose. It's a remarkable leap of faith, but if it pays off, they may well leap over their competition.
Brands are like people. So, what if? What if the brands we use and wear everyday were shoes? What would they look like? Feel like?
Over the past few years, I have been asked what it takes to be successful as a foreigner in China. Here are a few thoughts inspired by my tales as an entrepreneur in the Internet industry in the Middle Kingdom.
Modern day "App Stores" have existed for roughly 5 years. In that time, two operating systems have emerged as the runaway victors: iOS and Android. iOS, Apple's brainchild, and Android, Google's platform, each possess a little over 800,000 apps within their app store.
Maintaining support and the ability to keep women and girls in STEM fields is equally as important as getting a "foot in the door." How do we do this? I'll reiterate again, that mentorship is an amazing gateway to support and success.
Is it any wonder that Microsoft has stagnated? On paper, in front of analysts, they talk about growth, growth, growth. But growth is an outcome, not a strategy.
By Adam Wollner July 15, 2013...
Reorganizations take a significant amount of deliberation, internal maneuvering of people and politics, and time. However, the more time you take and indecisive you are provides opportunities for employees to be distracted and not focused on their jobs.
This week, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is expected to announce a major overhaul of the company's management structure. So what, you ask? Well, depending on how this shakes out, it could end up having some significant ramifications on the products and services you use.
A nap nook won't give people a deep sense of inspiration or commitment. Cool is not equivalent to loyal, and this arms race of out-"cool"-ing the competition isn't an enduring answer. A treehouse is a great place to retreat to, but it doesn't inspire people.