Microsoft Dealmaker Peggy Johnson Reveals the Story Behind the Company’s Transformation
The following is an excerpt from ALEJANDRO DE LA GARZA | October 4, 2018 | Time.com |
For Peggy Johnson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Business Development, the transformation that has taken place at her company over the past few years has been all about a changing mindset.
Speaking at Fortune’s Brainstorm Reinvent 2018 conference in Chicago, Illinois, Johnson said that when CEO Satya Nadella was tapped to take over Microsoft in 2014, he wanted the company to implement a new way of looking at things. He had been inspired after reading Mindset, a 2006 book by Stanford University psychology professor Carol Dweck.
“Satya had this idea of changing that culture from what he called a ‘know-it-all culture’ to a ‘learn-it-all culture,’” Johnson explained. “And that started to take effect, and it started to roll through all the many layers of Microsoft. And the change became palpable.”
Back in 2014, the radical change that Nadella envisioned convinced Peggy Johnson, then an executive vice president and head of global market development at Qualcomm, to join Microsoft’s team.
According to Johnson, what caught her attention was Nadella’s willingness to break precedent. “We started to watch some of the moves he was making in the industry, [like] putting Office on iOS and Android, which was kind of stunning,” Johnson said of Nadella’s first months at Microsoft. Microsoft’s previous CEO, Steve Ballmer, was often adamantly against putting Microsoft applications on rival platforms.
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