If You Want to Thrive at Microsoft


I was reading back through Satya Nadella’s email on Bold Ambition and Our Core, and a few things caught my eye.

One of them was the idea that if you want to thrive at Microsoft, you need to drive change.

Satya writes:

“And if you want to thrive at Microsoft and make a world impact, you and your team must add numerous more changes to this list that you will be enthusiastic about driving.

Nothing is off the table in how we think about shifting our culture to deliver on this core strategy. Organizations will change. Mergers and acquisitions will occur. Job responsibilities will evolve. New partnerships will be formed. Tired traditions will be questioned. Our priorities will be adjusted. New skills will be built. New ideas will be heard. New hires will be made. Processes will be simplified. And if you want to thrive at Microsoft and make a world impact, you and your team must add numerous more changes to this list that you will be enthusiastic about driving.”

Change is in the air, and Satya has given everyone a license to thrive by re-imagining how to change the world, or at least their part of it.

For me, I’m focused on how to accelerate business transformation with Cloud, Mobile, Social, Big Data and the Internet of Things.

Together, these technology trends are enabling new end-to-end customer experiences, workforce transformation, and operations transformation.

It’s all about unleashing what individuals and businesses are capable of.


Comments (5)

  1. Mohan says:

    Hi JD,

    I know you said that earlier that you are on business transform with Cloud , Social , Big Data , IoT. Can we expect more of your writing in this line? Like the one you did for Pattern and Practices.

    We will be thrilled to see your writing if you are in to this.

    Thanks,

  2. JD Meier says:

    @ Mohan — Yes, I will.

    I've been learning the patterns and practices for business transformation in multiple industries over the past year.

    I'll be diving much deeper in the posts ahead.

  3. Mohan says:

    @JD We are waiting for that… Cheers

  4. RJ Book says:

    I find this statement that "to thrive at Microsoft, you need to drive change" somewhat concerning because often it seems like Microsoft just drops older technologies in favor of something new. Businesses prefer stability and do not like to rip and replace entire platforms.  

  5. JD Meier says:

    @RJ – The good thing is it's a statement about people and mindsets — not technology (if it was a technology thing, it wouldn't pack the same punch.)

    The idea is for people to challenge the status quo, don't take "that's the way we've always done it" as an excuse, and look for new ways to create customer value and change how we work among the halls and with each other.

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