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  • Blog Post: Ken Morse on advice for graduates

    A few weeks ago I was on a panel discussion at Cyberposium 2005 . The panel's moderator was Ken Morse , a lecturer and managing director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center . Professor Morse has quite a lot of experience with startups in the technology industry (having been involved in launching companies...
  • Blog Post: Where should I work? Global development of Microsoft Office.

    "Are you able to shed any light on how much software development takes places outside of the US? Or indeed, what happens at which Microsoft sites around the world? Why would a new grad come to Seattle to work for Microsoft when he can work for Google in Mountain View, New York City or Zurich?" I would...
  • Blog Post: Bureaucracy. Threat or menace? Either, both, or neither? Or it depends!

    bu·reauc·ra·cy a. Management or administration marked by hierarchical authority among numerous offices and by fixed procedures b. The administrative structure of a large or complex organization I was able to spend the day today with students at Harvard Business School. I was fortunate enough...
  • Blog Post: Ineffective Middle-Management Suckups

    Anonymous said: Managers love to give more reasons why lots of managers are a good thing. Why lots of managerial levels are a good thing. Your explanation of the file/rank structure and their leads is great. And its right on target. A lead with 5/6 reports (ideally 8 or so) is great - one with...
  • Blog Post: What do managers do and how big should my team be?

    The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers. Butcher, in Shakespeare's King Henry VI The first thing we do, let's fire all the managers. Just about every employee at one time or another since the 1911 release of Frederick Taylor’s Principles of Scientific Management Today I thought I would...
  • Blog Post: Understanding orgs and helping them work better

    This is the time of year at Microsoft when individuals and managers decide what HR courses and training to take. I just finished going through the process of nominating members of the team for courses that have enrollment limits—ug! There are a lot of options, but for many this all feels a bit like a...
  • Blog Post: The path to GM -- some thoughts on becoming a general manager

    The recruiting season is getting underway and shortly we’ll be “at a college near you” looking to connect. I will be at Harvard Business School the first week of October, where I’ll visit some classes and also participate in a career fair. I hope to see some readers there! I met this week with one...
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