I was asked to comment on the shakeup at Microsoft and this post in the New Yorker.
So, here are a few bullet points of my initial thoughts…
- Fear snuffs out creativity.
- Taking smart even brilliant people and having them compete to avoid failure breaks every rule of how to build motivation and morale.
- It is obvious that Microsoft didn’t know how to build effective working teams — either in the management of the enterprise or the the creation of ideas to make the enterprise competitive.
- Brilliance without heart is not sustainable.
- Steve Jobs was, at times tyrannical, but he had a sense of the team, of how to motivate and challenge individuals.
I could go on and on.
Just because you’re intelligent doesn’t mean you’re smart – whether you’re an individual, or a organization.