By N Mark Castro
That Steve Ballmer increased Microsoft’s annual revenue surged from $25 billion to $70 billion during his tenure as CEO is undoubtedly a major achievement. That Steve Ballmer was effective in steering the company against the US Anti-Trust lawsuit showed his skills in navigating through tough times. That he was highly energetic and inspirational demonstrated his leadership. But, despite the numbers, Steve Ballmer would be remembered more for the mistakes he’s made for the past 13 years rather than the numerical achievements.
Perhaps his keen focus on the company’s bottom line is what led him to make bad long-term product decisions that invited so many to criticize his business tech sense.
After all, in this fast-paced technological advancements, you are more remembered for the innovations you’ve initiated rather than the numbers you’ve produced. Microsoft could’ve dominated it but failed time and again because he just wouldn’t listen.