Give outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer credit: He seems to be very in touch with who he really is. In a lengthy interview with The Wall Street Journal, Ballmer said that he decided to step down from Microsoft because he wasn t moving fast enough to get the company s mobile products up to speed with Apple and Google. What s more, Ballmer s talks with Ford CEO Alan Mulally made him seriously rethink the way that he d been running Microsoft during his tenure, which caused him to put more of an effort on teamwork and less on competitive pressure between divisions. Also Read - Top 5 Minecraft Mobile seeds to build a world and where to find them
I ll remake my whole playbook, I ll remake my whole brand, Ballmer explained.
But as Ballmer began to bring his management teams together to forge a sense of unity and solidarity with one another, many apparently didn t believe that Ballmer was serious about making fundamental changes to the way that Microsoft has traditionally worked.
I m big, I m bald and I m loud, Ballmer said, describing his management style. No matter how fast I want to change, there will be some hesitation from all constituents employees, directors, investors, partners, vendors, customers, you name it to believe I m serious about it, maybe even myself At the end of the day, we need to break a pattern. Face it: I m a pattern.
This is why Ballmer drafted his grand plan for overhauling Microsoft and bringing it closer together as one company before deciding to make his grand exit this past fall. He s now setting Microsoft up as a devices and services company that he ll hand off to his successor in 2014 and then ride off into the sunset.
All that said, Ballmer isn t going to sit by passively during his company s transition over the next year. In fact, when the Journal asked if he saw himself as a lame duck, Ballmer reportedly started jumping up from an interview and lunging forward while pumping his fist forward like a battering ram while yelling Charge! Charge! Charge! I m not going to wimp away from anything!
If there s a more fitting coda to the man s career than this, we can t think of it.