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How Google and the cloud changed my company

Dec 29, 2009, 09:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Lyman)

"A couple of years ago, I made one of the hardest calls I have ever had to make as a CEO. Was it around a RIF? Nope. Was it around a new strategic direction? Nah.

"Much scarier.

"I asked my employees to pull the Microsoft feeding tube out of their noses and move to The Google. For some employees (engineers, etc.) this was no big deal.

"But execs...wow...a whole other ball of wax. Execs have Stockholm Syndrome. Even though they will vociferously announce how much they hate Outlook (resource hog, crashing, etc) that very same Exec will get wild-eyed when you ask them to switch. I get it. I was a 10 year prisoner of M$FT myself.

"Well, I am proud to announce that, by force of paycheck, I did get them to switch — or nearly all of them. We have one dinosaur left, but that’s just fear of change talking. Kami, wake up and smell the sky!"

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