How do you turn around the culture of a 130,000-person company? Ask Satya Nadella

It was March 27, 2014, and Satya Nadella was about to make his first public appearance as CEO of Microsoft. The tone, he knew, would be important.

Nadella’s predecessor, Steve Ballmer, was famous for making public appearances feel epic. At a 1991 meeting in Japan, he seemed to injure his vocal chords because he was screaming “Windows” with such force. In 2000, when Microsoft celebrated its 25th anniversary, Ballmer reportedly popped out of a giant cake. And in 2013, when he announced he was stepping down, he bid farewell to 13,000 Microsoft employees as “(I’ve had) The Time of My Life” blared through the speakers of Key Arena in Seattle. Through tears, the 6’5” Ballmer shouted, “Soak it in all of you. You work for the greatest company in the world.”

Nadella was not that kind of CEO.

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The Power of Positive People

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/10/well/the-power-of-positive-people.html

  • our well-being also is influenced by the company we keep
  • can influence obesity, anxiety and overall happiness
  • remarkably optimistic and upbeat
  • a renewed commitment not only to exercise and healthful living, but to simply step up my social life and spend more time hanging out with happy people.
  • The key to building a successful moai is to start with people who have similar interests, passions and values.
  • I argue that the most powerful thing you can do to add healthy years is to curate your immediate social network
  • Your group of friends are better than any drug or anti-aging supplement, and will do more for you than just about anything

Great People

Van Gogh never had an art exhibition in his lifetime.
-Emily Dickinson never published a book
-Kafka didn’t have a published novel while alive
-Henry David Thoreau’s Walden sold only 2000 copies before his death.
-John Kennedy Toole had no books published until after his suicide
-Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was published in 2008, 4 years after his death

These people did their art in isolation. They teased the blood and guts out of their bodies and used the blood to write and create.