I’ve been talking a lot lately about being relationship-oriented as opposed to...
It’s traffic engineering 101: our speed limits are too low.
-Satya Nadella, Microsoft
Not a lot of people seem to be taking Microsoft seriously in mobile and underestimating their potential in the cloud But this quote reminds me of a similar proclamation that Bill Gates made when Microsoft finally got wise to the threat of the Internet to their business. They turned the ocean liner around 180 degrees, embraced the Internet, went full-bore into Netscape, and came out on top.
This move may not reverberate in the consumer world, but it has a huge influence on enterprise technology decision makers. The Apple-IBM alliance was interesting, but a refocused Microsoft could upend any progress Apple makes into the enterprise. Remember, Apple may have a cool factor, but most companies still run on Exchange email, the Office productivity suite, and a good number of other corporate tools such as Dynamics CRM and Sharepoint. Build a better mobile experience around that ecosystem and they will be a dangerous competitor.
…and “getting” includes the DIY necessity of small company life: if your computer doesn’t work, crawl under the desk yourself and see if it’s connected; if you don’t keep the bathroom clean, it won’t be clean; and so forth.
Next Era is SaaS by Tom Tunguz
There is plenty of noise in the market and predictive is starting to take on the taint of social and Big Data when it comes to SaaS and enterprise software. The truth is that many of these predictive tools are not very smart and we are a long way from technology that produces useful results in a business context.
“If our leaders are to enjoy the trappings of their position in the hierarchy, then we expect them to offer us protection. The problem is, for many of the overpaid leaders, we know that they took the money and perks and didn’t offer protection to their people. In some cases, they even sacrificed their people to protect or boost their own interests. This is what so viscerally offends us. We only accuse them of greed and excess when we feel they have violated the very definition of what it means to be a leader.”
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
“All the perks, all the benefits and advantages you may get for the rank or position you hold, they aren’t meant for you. They are meant for the role you fill. And when you leave your role, which eventually you will, they will give the ceramic cup to the person who replaces you. Because you only ever deserved a Styrofoam cup.”
“The true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own. Great leaders truly care about those they are privileged to lead and understand that the true cost of the leadership privilege comes at the expense of self-interest.”
“And when a leader embraces their responsibility to care for people instead of caring for numbers, then people will follow, solve problems and see to it that that leader’s vision comes to life the right way, a stable way and not the expedient way.”
“Truly human leadership protects an organization from the internal rivalries that can shatter a culture. When we have to protect ourselves from each other, the whole organization suffers. But when trust and cooperation thrive internally, we pull together and the organization grows stronger as a result.”
“It is not the genius at the top giving directions that makes people great. It is great people that make the guy at the top look like a genius.”