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Microsoft CEO challenges employees to ‘deliver the impossible’

Microsoft CEO asks employees to 'deliver the impossible'

February 5, 2014

Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella has challenged employees to “imagine the impossible and deliver it”.

Hugely experienced Nadella has been named as Steve Ballmar’s replacement – only the third person to lead Microsoft.

In an email to the technology behemoth’s global workforce, Nadella challenged colleagues to help “drive cultural change” within the business.

He wrote: “To paraphrase a quote from Oscar Wilde — we need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable.

“This starts with clarity of purpose and sense of mission that will lead us to imagine the impossible and deliver it.”

The 46-year-old joined Microsoft in 1992 and is being promoted from executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise group.

As part of the announcement, co-founder Bill Gates confirmed he would step down as chairman and take a fresh role on the board as technology adviser.

In the email, Nadella stressed that the talent currently within the company’s workforce provided the ideal platform for future success.

He continued: “Next, every one of us needs to do our best work, lead and help drive cultural change. We sometimes underestimate what we each can do to make things happen and overestimate what others need to do to move us forward. We must change this.

“Finally, I truly believe that each of us must find meaning in our work.

“The best work happens when you know that it’s not just work, but something that will improve other people’s lives. This is the opportunity that drives each of us at this company.

“Many companies aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources, and perseverance.

“Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance. And as the new CEO, I can’t ask for a better foundation.”