February 9, 2011

New CEO tells it like it is

According to Engadget.com, Stephen Elop, the new CEO of Nokia (and ex-Microsoftie) recently issued a "burning platform" email to his employees. The "burning platform" he referred to is his companies smartphone strategy.

In the email Elop states: "The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don't have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable."

He goes on to say: "How did we get to this point? Why did we fall behind when the world around us evolved? This is what I have been trying to understand. I believe at least some of it has been due to our attitude inside Nokia. We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven't been delivering innovation fast enough. We're not collaborating internally. Nokia, our platform is burning."

This is gutsy stuff (provided the email is legitimate) The last tech CEO that took steps to shatter the status quo and reinvent their company was Bill Gates. I'm referring of course to his Internet Tidal Wave memo of 1995. That memo had a huge impact....I can't wait to see what Nokia will turnaround and deliver!

Click here to read Elop's email on Engadget.com.

Update - Nokia announces a partnership with Microsoft where Nokia will use Windows Phone 7 as its new smartphone platform. Click here for details

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