Satya Nadella Proves Even Giants Can Pivot

June 4, 2014 Jeffrey Hayzlett

After a 5-month search and sorting through 100 candidates, Satya Nadella was announced as the new CEO of Microsoft in February 2014. Although the stock responded positively to the news, there were some who were not thrilled with the choice. But Satya Nadella has been making great changes in the c-suite at Microsoft that are turning those naysayers into supporters.

I believe Nadella was a great choice for Microsoft. With 22 years into the company, he knows the ins-and-outs that have been allowing him to move quickly. Much more quickly than if Microsoft would have brought in an outsider. He has effectively ended the technology war between Microsoft and Apple by launching Office for iPad and iPhone, and by using Apple technology at various events.

He is also shifting Microsoft’s focus to the cloud. When he led the cloud technology division within Microsoft, he was responsible for 25% of Microsoft revenues. With that history, it is only natural that they turn their eyes to the cloud. In an earnings call in April, he stated again that the focus for Microsoft is to become a mobile- and cloud-first company. His mission is to provide one cloud for everyone and every device.

With this laser focus and experience with Microsoft, I believe Nadella is a CEO superstar in the making. Coming off a positive fiscal third-quarter 2014 earnings posted in April, Nadella has some lessons for executives, entrepreneurs and business leaders.

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