Microsoft is a multi-trillion dollar software company. It didn’t to be this by operating the same way as every other company did. Microsoft uses various different styles of management to foster an environment for innovation as well as discovery.
From Humble Beginnings
Bill Gates is primarily responsible for a large portion of Microsoft success. This is due in part to a number of factors. From his brilliant mind for both businesses as well as computer technology and willingness to take risks he built Microsoft into the powerhouse tech company it is today.
The Right People
One of Microsoft’s main management strategies was to create an environment that was both comfortable as well as enjoyable for workers and visitors alike. Unlike traditional office’s full of cramped cubicles and stuffy business culture, Microsoft allowed a more casual and relaxed approach to their work force allowing employees to want to come to work early and stay late.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
Another aspect to Microsoft management principals is in hiring action oriented employees. These are the people that don’t just talk about what needs to be done but roll up their sleeves and do it. While employee’s won’t be literally getting their hands dirty, by hiring people who aren’t afraid to do so keeps projects on going and ensures that reliable personal are ever present.
Don’t Lose Focus
From the start Gates had a specific vision for Microsoft and no matter what happened or what setbacks they had they as well as himself stuck to that vision. By creating a clear vision for the company and sticking to it keeps the employees with a fixed point into the future to aim. By having a clear vision the company will always be moving forward even if it stumbles from time to time it will continue to progress.
Innovation Sometimes Backfires
No one can say Microsoft hasn’t had its share of blunders over the years (Windows vista anyone?). However, though these missteps Microsoft has learned from their mistakes and improved upon them in future products. As the saying goes, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs. What this means in regards to their management style is that one shouldn’t be afraid to make a mistake especially if it’s in the name of innovating towards the future. If it fails you just pick up the pieces and try again.