Mini-Microsoft Cutting Room Floor

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Ooo, Too Much Julie gossip for me - New comment on Rumors of Upcoming Microsoft Cut-Backs.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Rumors of Upcoming Microsoft Cut-Backs": Re: Julie Larson Green - er, no, she's not a great employee. Productive, sure. Talented, quite likely. Hard working, no doubt. However, great employees are aware of a little thing called discretion. They don't publicly discuss the working style and overall strengths and weaknesses of several VPs, as I personally overheard her do at the ProClub restaurant a couple months ago. They also don't xxx xx xxxxxxx, xxxxxxx, xxxxxxxxxxx xxx, xx xxx xxx xxxx xxx xx xx xxxxxxx, when she was a front-line manager in Office a few years ago. It's these subtle sort of character traits that really need to be represented more in our hiring and retention practices. It's not just mindlessly following whatever form the career ladder guidelines take this year. It's the sort of thing you see in true people managers, who are hired to be true people managers, who didn't get there because they're technically brilliant but hit a ceiling as an IC and so faked the "soft skills" to be able to make partner and beyond.

5 Comments:

  • There weren't that many married subordinate male PMs in Julie's org a few years ago in Office - I could only count a couple (they still work in Office). So it is now a matter of asking them "Do you know Mini?" :-)

    Seriously, the ethics you are talking about here is not normally considered when calibrating or promoting people, so it is just a matter of personal intergrity and that is it.

    I can't say anything good or bad about Julie while she worked in Office (I work in Office). There must be a good reason she become a Partner GPM in Office and a VP in Windows. GPMs and VPs don't do ribbons or Windows User Experience - they help others do that. Sometimes a great helper/manager is the one who doesn't get in the way, and I heard that Julie let other people shine.

    By Anonymous Office guy, at December 29, 2008 at 12:50 AM  

  • Why are you passing on things like this? This is a good way to attract a lawsuit. Doubly so considering how much attention you blog is likely getting with all the layoff rumors.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 29, 2008 at 11:52 PM  

  • X's but no O's.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 30, 2008 at 11:16 AM  

  • don't hit on younger, married, subordinate PMs, as she did with one of my friends

    Too late mini, your unedited post is cached on Google :)... though you're just passing on someone else's comment and the courts have sides with the "carrier" (i.e. you & blogger) in these matters.

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