It seems to me that anyone who says this, I synthesized our strategic direction...
, is utterly incompetent at coordinating a large group. That is unthinking corporate-speak. It communicates non-verbally that he has no understanding of what is needed.
"... realign our workforce..."
"... work toward synergies and strategic alignment..."
"... drive greater accountability..."
"... become more agile and move faster."
"... fewer layers of management, both top down and sideways, ..."
"... flattening organizations..."
"... increasing the span of control of people managers."
"... our business processes and support models will be more lean and efficient with greater trust between teams."
Comment: Corporate-speak does not build trust, it destroys trust.
"... more productive, impactful teams..."
"Each organization is starting at different points and moving at different paces."
Comment: That is utterly obvious.
"We will realize the synergies..."
"... align to Microsoft's strategic direction."
"... we will focus on breakthrough innovation that expresses and enlivens..."
"... builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space..."
"... aligns with our focus..."
I'm very interested in the sociology of this. My understanding is that the Microsoft board of directors is utterly incompetent, has little understanding of technology, and merely chose the person to be CEO who was consistently most pleasant and ingratiating.
A competent CEO would not announce a huge advancement until it was already accomplished.
The sweeping changes Satya Nadella is announcing require huge amounts of research and understanding. It is simply not possible to accomplish successfully a re-organization of a huge company as though it were one action.
A competent top coordinator would announce a little at a time and provide meaningful and detailed explanation about why each change was necessary, and how decisions were made.
A competent top coordinator would make it clear that much of the wisdom of ideas about changes came from other people inside the company.