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[News] [Rival] New Story Demonstrates Ballmer's Mental State

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] New Story Demonstrates Ballmer's Mental State
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 02 Sep 2007 16:24:00 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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How To Make A Microserf Smile 

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| When Ballmer floated the HR job in April, 2005, Brummel said: No way. But 
| Ballmer wasn't about to take no for an answer. Picking up a traveling golf 
| putter, the Microsoft chief started taking it apart as he barreled around 
| Brummel's office, hammering home why she was the perfect candidate. As an 
| outsider unsullied by HR dogma, he said, she'd bring a fresh approach. 
| Besides, Ballmer argued, Brummel was hugely popular and had the people skills 
| to get the job done. The two went back and forth, with Ballmer slapping 
| Brummel's whiteboard for emphasis and Brummel parrying with: "But I love 
| doing products." After more than two hours, Ballmer ended the meeting. By 
| then the putter was in pieces. "Sorry about the golf club," he said.         



Behavior May Suggest We're Not Only Human

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| When Emory University primatologist Frans de Waal read a news story that
| said Microsoft's chief executive, Steve Ballmer, had hurled a chair
| across the room on hearing an employee was going to work for rival
| Google, the scientist immediately made a connection with his own
| research: "When I see such behavior, I think of a chimpanzee."



Beyond the PC: Ballmer's Battle Plan

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| "The word 'intense' was invented for Ballmer, who met with us in a
| green room that had a paper sign with his name taped to the door.
| While he was at first warm and engaging, a question about security
| features shifted his mood. His eyes, soft when he smiles, grew dark.
| The usually boisterous Ballmer became unexpectedly quiet and soon
| exited the room without saying goodbye. Still, he had a lot to
| say to SmartMoney senior writer Dyan Machan before he did.


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