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Jon Talton

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July 11, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Vote: How is Microsoft’s Nadella doing?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Photo by David Paul Morris / )Bloomberg

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Photo by David Paul Morris / Bloomberg)

Executing a turnaround of a proud institution requires deep knowledge and respect for its past, plus an unsentimental and incisive understanding of what’s not working. It takes the ability to lay out a vision, not merely from A to Z, but from A to B to C etc. — everybody knows Z, it’s the execution that counts. Then strong leadership at the top must be willing to identify (or hire) top performers and give them freedom. Most of all, this boss must walk the talk.

With Microsoft, the situation is complicated by the company’s size, complexity and profitability. What other company made so much money in what is popularly considered a “lost decade”?

Satya Nadella, nearly six months into his tenure as CEO, released a manifesto this week that is much discussed. It is the most concrete sign yet of where he wants to take the company. I’m interested in your opinion:


This Week’s Links:

The U.S. corporate tax dodge | Bloomberg View

Despite earlier loss, UAW creates union at VW plant | NY Times

China’s wealthy getting richer in a declining economy | TripleCrisis

The secret of the first-quarter slowdown in health spending | Dean Baker

Adam Smith as Malthusian: “the surplus population” | Brad DeLong

Do markets work for bees? | Conversable Economist

Here’s what the world would look like if we took climate change seriously | Vox


Today’s Econ Haiku:

Seattle’s fine whine

Either too cold or too hot

Bring back seventy

Comments | More in Microsoft

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