Just got a peak at some screenshots from Microsoft’s internal newsletter shedding some light on what Steve Ballmer and other top execs are telling employees in Redmond.
In a posting Monday, Ballmer invited employees to a meeting today during which Lisa Brummel, Microsoft’s senior vice president of human resources, is to give details of the company’s “plan to further solidify Microsoft as one of the world’s best companies to work for.” The new plan, Ballmer wrote, will include “new investments we are making to ensure that Microsoft employees are consistently recognized and rewarded for their passion, dedication, creativity and accomplishments.” It will also emphasize “building and rewarding great leaders.”
Microsoft’s performance-review system has been of particular concern to many employees, who debate the topic endlessly at the Mini-Microsoft blog.
In the posting, Ballmer said Microsoft must focus on seven priorities in the next decade.
Quests and innovation: He defined quests as “big, bold visions that will guide our decisions as we drive to create the innovations that will change the world and shape our opportunities.” A technical leadership team is now “working hard to finalize our Quests,” he wrote, adding more news will come on this in late summer.
Live: Ballmer wrote that Microsoft “must lead the industry through the critical paradigm shift to software-based Internet services.” Live is the name the company has given to a series of Internet-delivered software services.
Growth: Including financial growth “that benefits employees and shareholders.”
The other priorities are agility, winning and satisfying customers, employees and leadership.