by Haydn Shaughnessy | shared from Forbes |
After Stephen Elop took over as CEO of Nokia a couple of years back one of his most dramatic interventions was the burning platform memo. The key sentence in the tetchy, to say the least, email that Elop sent to Nokia staff in February 2011, was this: “We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times.”
From then on he began making his own decisions rather than trying to bring Nokia’s various, historical planning streams towards some kind of unity and success.
You could argue he made disastrous decisions and limited Nokia’s options – but significantly he made decisions that hauled the company off a development path that looked shaky to say the least. In short he made decisions whereas his predecessors had lost the knack....