“Pace comes when you do your thing. So long as you enjoy it, do it mindfully and well, and have an honest purpose behind it, life won’t fail you.”
It is this philosophy, that would shape how the author thought about his future and opportunity.
The expectation is always high, to perform well, when your parent(s) are already in the top echelons of the government or MNC, apart from the privilege you get with it.
It was not for the IIT’s( Indian Institute of technology) ,one of the best engineering colleges, rather graduating as an electrical engineering from MIT( Manipal Institute of technology) and his decision to do master’s in Computer science instead in electronics from University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee would change the trajectory of a boy who loved playing cricket to eventually be the CEO of MICROSOFT.
It was the year of 1992, (the author joined MICROSOFT), at a time when the world was at the cusp of PC revolution, lead by visionary and the founders of MICROSOFT Bill gates and Paul Allen.
The vision of Computers at every desk and every home and empowering those who use the services of MICROSOFT was at the core of what the company stood for, and they had tremendous success in achieving it.
Change is Constant, and if a company could not change the status quo and be futuristic , there would definitely be an existential crisis, it was the time when MICROSOFT sensed opportunity of cloud computing where the potential for storing or having access to data in the cloud(internet) for useful applications was huge than the traditional servers. In all, it was the right time to HIT REFRESH again.
To build on that idea, convince and form a team, who were already working on servers and tools business that paid everyone’s salary to the tiny cloud business with almost no revenue was challenging, it required cultural change, the transformation from within and from the core.
The transformation did take time, but MICROSOFT was able to make it with AZURE as it’s cloud platform empowering businesses and enterprises through it.
As a CEO, the author feels, a company should encourage growth mindset, listen diverse opinion, and be empathetic and build partnership when required.
The future of technology will be Mixed reality , artificial intelligence and quantum computing, the author beautifully and breifly explains about it’s pro’s and con’s.
The moral dilemma about providing public safety and protecting individual privacy, freedom of speech, expression and security, the author feels, is the responsibility of both the multinationals as well as the government, as he quotes, we cannot protect the privacy and security of the individuals if the enforcement of legislation is of twentieth century, with change in technology, there should also be legislative reforms.
Could Machine exist without humans or vice versa, it will be complenting each other, today we shouldn’t think of technological intelligence as artificial, but rather as intelligence that augment human capabilities and capacities.
The other big question often asked is would technology work for us or against us promoting economic inequality ? As technology changes, the author says, we need to penetrate internet access, skill the workforce and encourage leaders to adapt technology at greater intensity to augment their resources locally and promote economic growth and social prosperity.
Personally, I feel, the author has expressed his thought very clearly, be it the cultural or the technological shift a company desired for,or being empathetic at every decision a company make, and also definitely one should have a growth mindset to challenge the status quo, and HIT REFRESH when required.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: SATYA NADELLA, CEO of MICROSOFT.
with Greg Shaw and Jill Tracie Nichols