Microsoft isn't cool and CEO Satya Nadella is really OK with that
Hi, I'm Satya Nadella CEO Microsoft.
We need to create the necessary condition to live our mission by working on our culture.
[UNKNOWN] not to be cool but to make others cool it's kind of how I would say it
So, one of the things that happens when you're super successful, is you sort of sometimes lose touch with what made you successful in the first place.
I felt like we may have sort of confused maybe marketing slogans for our mission.
So that's why I wanted get back to that sense of purpose.
It's been five years now that we've done this.
It's called the one week, which is in some sense the metaphor for the one week that then informs the rest of the year, in terms of really getting in touch with the core of this company around innovation.
But that innovation being driven by a sense of purpose, and reinforcing a culture that we aspire to
Okay, but the implication from your book is that Microsoft I won't say the word broken but that there was some serious problems here and that's what I'm trying to get at what was it that was so concerning to you?
So if anything I wanted to not start to talk about what is broken, I wanted to go back to the very genesis of this company.
What is that sense of purpose and drive that made us successful?
What was the culture that me, her being there at the very beginning or in the times when were able to achieve that success, how do we recapture it?
So that's why I think about it as, it's the renaissance, as much as about just fixing something that's broken.
So there was a sense of purpose that was lost or missing to you.
I felt in 92.
We used talked about even our mission for example, as having a PC in every home and every desk.
Very concrete and something that was able to galvanize the entire company.
Except by the end of the decade itself, we more or less have achieved it.
Bill had been working on that for a long time and Steve and other had worked on it for a long time.
I joined much later since their beginning and then we achieved it Then what what's next we are at a time in 2018 when technology is so pervasive in our lives in our economies and our societies and I think Time Has Come quite frankly for us to really have the dialogue and the car and the question to be asked as well as answer is to worries.
The real benefits of technology broadly, actively spread not only in our country, in our society, but all over the world.
You were very candid in your book talking about how you misanswered a question with the [UNKNOWN] And the question was by Maria asking you.
What advice do you give to a woman who wants to ask for race?
It's not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.
So I'd like to do a reset.
Let's rewind the tape.
Sacha, what advice to your given woman today?
Yeah, I mean it's sort of what I said what my big learning from there was, which I wrote in the book and obviously Maria helped me and many other women subsequently have helped me understand.
Because the answer I gave was absolutely nonsensical because it really did not get to the core Context
But I'm asking, what is your advice to women?
I think they should first of all advocate for themselves.
They should find other allies, male or female who can advocate for them.
And make sure that they don't accept status quo.
And I think that's definitely the first response And then the responsibility of people like me who are leaders of organizations is to be able to listen to women who are advocating for themselves or their allies and make sure we don't have to even put them in that situation.
So what is the vibe or image of Microsoft that you want the world to know cause there is very specific vibe out there is that right.
It's in our mission you know it's empowering So I want Microsoft stand.
Any association with this company should be, they put some tool, they put some platform, they gave me the opportunity to really do something
So not cool?
To me, you want to be cool by doing that empowerment but not just to be able to associate yourself with cool technology.
It's that result that matters
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