...Low morale and a destructive internal culture
What was at the root of Microsoft’s broken product pipeline? As outlined by Vanity Fair’s expose on Microsoft’s lost decade, Ballmer was a tone-deaf manager. Microsoft’s “stack ranking” system of management, in which employees were graded on a curve that meant that one in 10 members of a team always had to receive a rating of “poor” even if everyone in a group was an A player, pitted employees against one another, discouraged collaboration between and even within teams, and slowed Microsoft’s development process to a crawl.
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