Recently it was announce that Steve Ballmer the embattled CEO is finally ousted after the horrible performance of the company since he took over as CEO! The first question is why it took this long and the second is why wait another year? It disturbing to read articles supporting Mr. Ballmer that has been a horrible, an incompetent CEO! Microsoft under his watch did horribly while the industry as a whole flourished.
Before the objections start relating to how computer companies have done poorly over the last decade let me point out that Microsoft is a software not a hardware company and when it ventures to hardware it almost universally (the only exception being the X-Box) does poorly. Even with the X-Box Ballmer’s incompetency shined until Bill Gates intervened.
Unfortunately Mr. Ballmer is not alone. Over the last two decades we have watched in amazement incompetent people elevated through the ranks to CEO and as a result cause pain and anguish to many good companies and the innocent employees working for them. Mr. Ballmer has been such an abysmal failure that Microsoft should ask for its money back! Not a single product was conceived, designed, or introduced successfully under the tenure of Mr. Ballmer. In fact Microsoft has lost market share in virtually every product category that they compete! That is amazing - had Mr. Ballmer avoided going to the office and making poor decisions Microsoft would have fared better.
Why would anyone try to project Mr. Ballmer as anything but a failure is beyond comprehension. Is it not time to demand better performance from top executives? Line employees do not last a month when their performance does not meet the standard, why do CEO’s survive, flourish and often when they get fired find new companies to damage? Maybe people think incorrectly that being a CEO is very unique and very few can handle it. In fact a CEO is an employee like anyone else, he or she is simply a high level manager. The difference is the pay scale and the absence of an annual review for a misley pay raise!
Companies should start looking at talent that can manage and produce results not good old boys that have received preferential treatment through their careers. Lets hope that Mr. Ballmer will retire. It would be sad to see him victimize another company. We need to end the era of the bad CEO and usher in the new era of the competent CEO.