Date of publication: 2017-08-26 10:26
I think Microsoft struggles with a similar problem with its employees. Microsoft provides its employees with a nuturing environment in which they can be most productive. But like children, these employees also need to be grounded in reality and exposed to ideas that can be disruptive or even disturbing. Otherwise a sheltered monoculture can develop that's unhealthy for everyone involved.
Everyone at Microsoft "gets" software the managers, the administrative assistants, the vice presidents. Even many of the "blue collar" workers (cooks, janitors, bus drivers) know something about software it's not normal! At NASA, most managers and even some scientists had no real understanding of software or software development. Elevating the common denominator in this way makes Microsoft a wonderful workplace for people who love making software (even if it's far removed from the reality of "the real world", which can cause other problems, like overinflating the importance of software).
All honest work is noble, Teets said. In a well-run restaurant, every member of the crew has to take responsibility for his or her job, to pitch in without being asked when someone else needs help or a task needs doing, even if it&rsquo s scrubbing the toilets, she said. McDonald s founder Ray Kroc was famous for dropping in on a restaurant, driving [up in] his Cadillac, dressed in his business suit and gold watch, and then asking for a mop so he could clean up some spilled mustard, Teets said.
Microsoft is so different, and I love that. Your feature might sell 85% more units. Or it might have 8 books written about it. It might be something that millions of people use every single day, that even your non-technical friends and family understand. Or it might be so esoteric that it's impossible to explain even to your friends who work in the industry, and yet so influential that it changes the way software is written. I've personally had most of these experiences at Microsoft, and let me tell you: It feels great!
As a parent, I've come to understand that there's a wide gray area between overprotecting your children and creating a nuturing environment in which they can develop.
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Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer get most of the press, but it's an open secret that all of the division heads (and their staff, and their staff) are top-notch. I'm (happily) oblivious to how that circle operates, so I can only judge them on their results.
NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao remembers being impressed by how well organized everything was and how the restaurant seemed to work like a well-oiled machine, Teets said. She added that Chiao appreciated those lessons after becoming an engineer and a pilot.
None of these managers were as good as my best manager at NASA. Of the six-seven managers I've had, I'd relish working for (or with) only two of them again. Two were so awful that if they were hired into my current organization (even on another team), I'd quit on the spot. The other two-three were "nngh" -- no significant impact on my life one way or another. I'd love to think this is some kind of fluke, that I've just been unlucky, but many other Microsoft employees have shared similar experiences with me.
Despite the punch lines surrounding so-called dead-end jobs at fast-food restaurants, working at McDonald s has been the launching point for many a successful career.
What do actress Andie MacDowell, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and comedian Jay Leno all have in common? They all once worked at fast-food chain McDonald s.
Being a good leader means knowing what makes each person tick, Teets said. It means &ldquo learning that each person has his or her own strengths and weaknesses and the way to get the most from others is to play to their strengths, she said. Teets added that former White House chief of staff Andrew Card, who worked his way through college at a McDonald s, said a big part of his job was finding different ways to help each employee succeed.