Microsoft seeks to reassure workers by telling them that Ballmer’s reorg plan will go ahead

“Microsoft Corp. is telling employees that a reorganization plan by departing Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer will go ahead, seeking to reassure senior managers who are concerned that the search for a successor will throw turnaround efforts into disarray,” Dina Bass reports for Bloomberg News.

MacDailyNews Take: Finding a puppet who’ll implement the fired guy’s “plan” is supposed to reassuring? Only in Redmond. Nice to see the usual idiotic disfunction continuing with abandon. The Redmond bus station is going to run out of one-way tickets to Mountainview.

“Some members of Microsoft’s senior leadership team e-mailed their staff on Aug. 23 to say they remain committed to Ballmer’s vision and the reorganization, said three people with knowledge of the matter,” Bass reports. “Even as it hunts for a CEO who may change tack, Microsoft’s board needs managers to stay focused on the reorganization plan, the biggest shift in more than a decade. Ballmer is emphasizing hardware and Internet-based services, shifting away from software for the declining personal-computer industry and putting Microsoft on better footing to compete with Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Apple Inc. in mobile devices and online advertising.”

MacDailyNews Take: Newsflash: Ballmer failed (repeatedly) and was pushed out. Who gives a flying toaster what he emphasized? Past tense.

Bass reports, “Microsoft can ill afford to wait and see if a new CEO alters the Ballmer plan. With the company behind in mobile and tablets and as core revenue from its flagship Windows product shrinks, the stock is down about 37 percent under Ballmer’s watch.”

“Last month, Microsoft also reported sales and profit that missed analysts’ estimates,” Bass reports. “While embarking on a new CEO search, Microsoft will also have to contend with retaining employees and tamping down unease that for some began with the July reorganization.”

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer (a.k.a. Uncle Fester, Monkey Boy, Ballmer T. Clown)Forget about the “up to 12 months” to replace Monkey Boy. Make it 12 days and get it done. Let the new CEO begin to try to fix the broken company in the matter they deem proper. If you’re going to clean house, clean house. With all of this dillydallying and trying to implement “plans” made by an ousted short-timer, Microsoft can’t even execute correct decisions correctly. Typical.

MSFT BoD Member #1: (Wakes up) “Hey, I just noticed that we lost the last decade of battles under this general. Let’s get rid of him!”
MSFT BoD Member #2: “Okay, done. He’ll be out of here within 12 months.”

MSFT BoD Member #1: “Up to 12 months? Sheesh. Okay, now what?”
MSFT BoD Member #2: “Uh, we go ahead with his last battle plan?”

SFT BoD Member #1: “Great idea!” (goes back to sleep)

Bass reports, “Microsoft executives and workers in the process of moving into new divisions and roles don’t know if they will be asked to shift again under new management, said one of the people with knowledge of the matter. Some executives unhappy with their new roles may leave after the stock grants and bonuses at the end of August, said another person.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Any CEO that would take the job and keep Ballmer T. Clown’s reorg plan in effect would be as bad or worse than what they have now.

A real CEO would say, “We’re doing this my way or the highway, so let’s get going!”

Our greatest hope at this point is simple: That Marissa says, “No, thanks.”

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    1. Getting a new CEO is the ONE opportunity to tell the world how screwed up the previous regime was, and clean house. Take ALL losses from Surface RT/Pro at once (and dump the remaining unsold inventory into recycling), in one epically bad quarter. Apologize for Windows 8, admit that it was a really bad idea. Go back to Windows 7 as the base for the next version of Windows, and promise to give all current users of Windows 8 and 7 a free upgrade to the next release.

      What did Steve Jobs do when he became the “iCEO” in 1997? He evaluated the situation, told the world that Apple is in bad shape (“much worse than I expected” or words to that effect), replaced most of the leadership team (including the board of directors), and purged the product line to the bare essentials.

      But this is Microsoft, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they found a puppet who proceeds with what Ballmer had planned. The real problem here is Microsoft’s Board. Steve Ballmer is a board member. So is Bill Gates (Chairman). They pick the next CEO? The only way Microsoft gets meaningful change is if the entire Board steps down.

      And my prediction is still Bill Gates stepping in as the interim CEO (the “iCEO”) while the “search” continues.

  1. You know that guy we just essentially fired? We are going to stick to his awesome plan. Just so, you know, the hope you briefly had can be fully extinguished. Shut it down.

    1. Nice observation. Just like almost everywhere, I’m certain there are many good people working at Microsoft. In fact, probably most of them. It’s a shame when you see a successful company like Microsoft or RIMM be run into the ground after being at the top of their game. While not innovative, Microsoft has had a cash cow with their Windows software for years. Balmer had only to transition the company into other areas successfully to be considered at least competent. Whoops! Maybe they will let him go back into the sales department?

    1. It’s been “Gatesified” too. Bill needs to go as well, the poorest excuse of a “visionary” ever born. Time for the company to move at last into competent non-geek hands completely. Gates & Ballmer have lost all credibility as tech leaders, if they ever had much.

  2. Microsoft left it far too late to get rid of Ballmer, but now that have finally taken the decision, it only makes sense to appoint his successor as soon as possible.

    I have little doubt that Microsoft’s board have somebody in mind and will be looking to get that person in place rapidly and that it will be done and dusted well within 12 weeks rather than 12 months.

    If they appoint from inside the company, I think that the company has no chance. The only way forward for Microsoft is to appoint somebody from outside the company who will look afresh at the way the company operates and then make substantial changes. It seems obvious that Ballmer’s restructuring plan will have to be abandoned and it would be counter-productive to continue any further down that route at this stage.

    However I don’t think that the company is prepared to change to the degree that will be necessary and the next CEO is likely to face considerable resistance to making the sort of changes that will be needed.

    If Microsoft appoint a charismatic and visionary leader, that person might possibly be able to inspire existing staff to change attitudes, but such leaders are very rare and I very much doubt that Microsoft will appoint somebody like that. My hunch is that they will opt for a safe pair of hands to continue pretty well like they have been doing and the downward spiral towards irrelevance will continue.

  3. Why don’t they just shut down Microsoft and give the money back to the stockholders?
    After a few weeks, no one would notice. (except a bunch of unemployed IT doofuses.)

  4. The lack of thought and planning Ballmer has displayed is absolutely staggering. Contrast his performance with Steve Jobs’ vision and succession plan, even as he was fighting for his life. The difference is heart. SJ loved his company – it was his legacy. Microsoft isn’t loved by anyone, perhaps least of all by Ballmer. MS has no heart, no taste, no passion.

  5. Sounds like a scene from a cheap summer movie..

    Everyone in the office is ecstatic and bouncing off the walls, and here’s the square lawyer standing in the middle of the room, telling everyone not to worry, that even though their beloved leader will be leaving soon, MS still has a bright future etc

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