Corporate Transparency: Microsoft Managers Blog


Let’s face it; transparency is risky no matter where you are–with family, among friends, and especially in the workplace–because it exposes our vulnerabilities, both real and imagined.  On the whole, corporate managers are risk-averse people, relative to individual contributors.  I presume this to be true because managers better educated about the myriad of things that jeopardize their continued employment.


On the way to lunch yesterday, James Manning mentioned that almost *all* of the managers in his chain of command at Microsoft maintain blogs on blogs.msdn.com. One of the few holdouts is Steve Ballmer who, like a future NBA star whose parents made him concentrate on his studies rather than play high school hoops, appears to be a born blogger that got stuck in a CEO suit.  All together now… Let Ballmer Blog! Let Ballmer Blog! Let Ballmer Blog!


The blogger-managers in James’ organization are Brian Harry (with whom I am spending the week), Rick LaPlante (new!), Soma Somasegar, and Eric Rudder. In my experience, not too many companies have managers who are such omnivourous consumers of new technology and potentially risky endeavors.  I am honored to be in the company of these gentlemen.


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Comments (10)

  1. carlos says:

    The link to Soma Somasegar’s blog is broken.

    The link to Eric Rudder’s blog seems to have lost all its content, but it still works here:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/blogs/ericr/

  2. Can’t wait to read about the first "firing via blog".

  3. Mr. Dew says:

    This is what I find totally amazing. I never thought Microsoft is a company that will do this blogging thing in such a mass. To me, Microsoft is a rather close up company, doesn’t listen, emails are sent within their companies and later get discovered by the law. I’m quite surprised that Microsoft even made a space for their employees.

    Although most of them (like your boss, Eric Rudder) doesn’t update often, it still gives positive publicity on your company. I don’t know who start this whole blog idea in Microsoft, but it’s good work in my opinion. I like the idea of Channel 9 too. 🙂

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