The succession of a CEO is one of the most important events in a corporation and unfortunately, it is often a step downward, in Microsoft’s case, there is a not a lot of room to descend.
I thought I would take a break in forecasting the future, and talk about a very real problem in the present, why Corporate Board of Directors suck. In particular, I am going to focus on the Boards of large public companies.
Unfortunately, I have to announce that this blog post will have more than two parts. This part will deal with some important concepts that will inform some of the conclusions I will make later. First a recap of Part 1. Part 1 mostly dealt with the departure of Paul Otellini, the former CEO. I thought …
I never imagined I would be writing this post. I was planing on writing what I thought would be my last post about Intel. It was to deal with the departure of Paul Otellini the former CEO and a recent article about him published by the Atlantic. I will do an abbreviated comment on that and then begin to get into the meat of the Wintel Resurrection.
Now before you think this post is all about how insightful I was, and I was, it is really about how things turned out differently than I thought and wanted. It really is about a failure to implement a vision and an exploration of the possibility that things could have ended up differently.
In that very same article (again 1994), I coined the term i-pad (see the Article). Sixteen years later, Apple announced the iPad on Jan. 27th, 2010. Coincidentally, it happened to be my 65th birthday.
Just read the Idea Man by Paul Allen. I don’t usually review books and certainly not here on my blog. And this post is not really a review as much as it is a commentary. The first 50% of the book deals mostly with Paul’s experiences with Bill Gates including the formation of Microsoft and …
So why can companies not make it through these transitions? It is pretty simple: They would have to take the lead in destroying their own business.