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If at First You Don’t Succeed, Reorganize

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Reorganize

Reorganization.  When the word is uttered, two things come to mind: executive heads will roll and massive layoffs will follow. But is that always the case? Why do organizations initiate a major restructuring?  There are a number of reasons to catalyze such a move, but usually the common denominator is that something is simply not working, whether it was leadership, structure or the need to move with the times.  Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change”.

This last year has seen the announcement of two major corporations making drastic changes to the way they operate.  Both Microsoft and Yahoo are getting poised and ready to reinvent their fiefdoms.  Steve Ballmer, the only other CEO Microsoft has known since Bill Gates stepped down, penned a 2,649 word communication echoing ‘One Microsoft’.  Although Marissa Mayer (Yahoo’s CEO since July 2012) has not so boldly announced an official ‘reorganization’, she has relayed several messages outlining her strategy for creating a successful Yahoo (more on this later).

Yahoo, which has experienced several reorganizations since its inception in 1995, also has had four times the number of CEOs than Microsoft’s (2) and is twenty years younger than the software giant.   ‘One Microsoft’ is really the first reorganization Microsoft has seen in almost forty years.  So is there a correlation between the change in CEO and corporate restructuring? If that were the case, what took so long?  Steve Ballmer has held the reins to the Microsoft kingdom for 13 years . . . why now? And why only a year before announcing to step down from his position as a Microsoft's CEO?

Anne Watson is a Sr. Systems Engineer/Altiris Consultant and has been working in Information Technology for over 15 years. She has worked for notable companies, such as Skechers USA, Mercury Insurance, UCLA Medical Computing, and DIRECTV. Though she has held many roles over the years: Windows Administration, Project Management, Business Analyst; her real passion lies in Asset Management. Anne's mantra is: Knowing what you have; knowing what you need; knowing what you can live without...that's Asset Management.

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