(Disclosure: Microsoft is a client of the author.)

One of the things that has changed post-Steve Ballmer is passion. It is kind of funny and sad at the same time because I can recall the video of Steve passionately jumping around on stage saying, “developers, developers, developers,” talking about the importance of developers to the platform. The folks started referring to him as “Monkey Boy,” and he turned into the Stepford CEO (no passion; just occasional anger). I wrote him at the time saying that I thought passion was important in a CEO and praising him for it, but unfortunately (since he hadn’t seen the video at the time) my impact was the opposite of what I’d intended.

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