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Lessons Learnt from Satya Nadella.

The appointment of Satya Nadella as CEO of the iconic Microsoft has given us a reason to take pride in the success of a fellow Indian.

The biggest lesson that we can learn from Satya Nadella is that he went to average schools and colleges, climbed the ladder of success on his own merit and still remains a humble guy.

According to Reuters in India, Nadella is the son of a government official who worked in Hyderabad with the Indian Administrative Service, and he attended the Hyderabad Public School, alongside his future wife.

Later, he studied electrical engineering as undergraduate in Mangalore, “When all other students will quietly listen to what I would teach, he will ask a lot of questions — ‘why it has to be like this, why can’t we do it like this?’” one of his Manipal University professors told Reuters. “Sometimes, it felt like he was just testing my patience.”

Needless to say, as an Indian, we all can deeply connect to Satya Nadella and his successful journey which possibly we cannot relate to any of his contemporaries like Tim Cook (CEO of Apple) and Bill Mcdermott (CEO of SAP) and that’s what is incredibly inspiring for all of us. And in his success, we perceive the possibility of our own success. When young folks look around for good role models to emulate, Satya Nadella is undoubtedly a wonderful example to look up to.

Excerpts from his official email to employees:

●The industry does not respect tradition but only appreciate “Innovation”
●We need to prioritize innovation that is centered on our core value of empowering users and organizations to “do more.” We need to accept as early as possible that we are living in a mobile first and cloud first world.
●Hunger for “knowledge” and “Inquisitiveness “can keep you relevant and ready.
●Nadella focuses on enabling businesses to engage customers in more meaningful ways.
●Satya Nadella also referred to Oscar Wilde’s beautiful quote:“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. Nadella emphasizes on doing best work by becoming part of the solution versus growing the problem. As he quotes “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.”
●An energetic leader Nadella also focuses on building on the foundation together. 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. Watch Susan Hauser interviews Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella here. On the whole, this choice makes enormous sense for Microsoft. The company is entrusting itself to someone who has proven he can shift its direction — push it into areas outside its comfort zone.

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