Prior to launching the campaign "New Strategy" for Microsoft several letters were forwarded to the attention of Mr.Ballmer. This resulted in a letter from Investors Relations stating management was confident in the direction of the company.
In a interview with Microsoft SubNet this campaign was asked if "Do you advocate the restructuring of Microsoft's top offices such as getting rid of Steve Ballmer or Kevin Turner? Why or why not?"
The initial response was "Typically, I believe that activists prefer to work in conjunction with management to enhance shareholder value. However, there has been occasions when the activist campaign has sought the resignation of management". The campaign also stated "Based on the history of Microsoft and its inability through current management to create shareholder value, we certainly have concerns with current management and Mr. Ballmer".
Since launching the campaign numerous comments and reports have been reviewed concerning Mr. Ballmer and his departure.
We will begin by reviewing a comment on this blog:
"MS needs new management, not new ventures. And they'll probably start by consolidating rather than expanding".
February 23, 2009 7:16 PM
This campaign has on multiple occassions referenced reviewing the blog Mini Microsoft. This is the name of a blog maintained by an anonymous author who appears to be a Microsoft employee. However, other Microsoft employees have the opportunity to post comments anonymously without fear of retribution from the company.
Recently, we obtained an email from a former Microsoft employee. (The former employee has agreed to conduct an interview with Microsoft SubNet concerning the problems with Microsoft).
The former employee in their email referenced a recent post on Mini by Anonymous 5:48 located at https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?postID=4262039798147598032&blogID=31558551&isPopup=false&page=3
We suggest reading Anonymous 5:48 and then the response by Anonymous 6:34. Perhaps what is of greater interest to this campaign is the comment within the email we obtained from the former Microsoft employee:
"The more I read about leadership and as I observe leaders in organisations I’ve come to believe the Russian proverb that “A fish rots from the head..” as true and found that it applies equally to organisations. An organisation is the shadow of the top leader. An organisation and a team is only as successful as it’s leader. John Maxwell calls this “The Law of the Lid".
The blog Boycott Novell recently posted a article concerning the campaign located at http://boycottnovell.com/2009/03/03/microsoft-investor-backlash/
Within The Boycott Novell blog there is a link to sites concerning Ballmer being replaced.
Another interesting read is "Ten Reasons Ballmer Should be Replaced". You can also imagine David Letterman reading out the Top Ten. It can be accessed through a link at msftextrememakeover or can be accessed at http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,2317347,00.asp
A April 2008 CNet article refers to potential internal employess to replace Ballmer. This article is located at http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9932237-7.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20
It appears that other companies have competent CEO's guiding the company, injecting vision and creating shareholder value. However, Microsoft has Mr. Ballmer. Refer to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvsboPUjrGc
This leaves us with three questions:
1) Does Mr. Ballmer act like a monkey to hype the employees to believe what probably only Mr. Ballmer believes "I love this company"...as he states in the youtube post.
2) Does Ballmer act like a monkey to create hype because the products and company vision won't?
3) Should Microsoft hire a real Monkey to replace Mr. Ballmer and be its mascot?
Atleast a real monkey is cute and probably doesn't scream near as often. More importantly, atleast a real monkey will listen to its trainer and is teachable. Don't think that the same can be said about Mr. Ballmer. With Mr. Ballmer throwing chairs, ranting and screaming, failing to listen to employees (ie. Mini Microsoft and msftextreme.,), failing to listen to shareholders..it seems evident that its time for "Monkey Boy to Go Home".
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