“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: 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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