Friday, October 30, 2009

How Sanjay Jha Overhauled Motorola’s Culture - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

It’ll be interesting to see if this apparent adaptation of Steve Jobs’ management style is successful at Motorola…

“The problem wasn’t the engineering culture,” Mr. Jha recalled telling people. “We weren’t connecting the engineers to the market and giving them problems to work on that matter.”

The blame, he said, rested squarely on management. “A fish rots at the head first,” he declared.

There was no better proof of that than the jumble of chips, operating systems and other software used on the company’s phones. Companies like Nokia build phones around a handful of standard designs, but Motorola was starting fresh on nearly every handset.

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“Someone asked Sanjay who gets shot if a product isn’t successful,” Mr. Stark said. “His answer was we all get shot.”

How Sanjay Jha Overhauled Motorola’s Culture - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

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