Steve Ballmer Gave A Classy Farewell …
… to his fellow Microsoft employees employing his usual and unique blend of humor, energy, enthusiasm and unrepentant love for Microsoft the company.
Tech blog The Verge posted the video here and if you haven’t seen this then take the time to watch Ballmer give a sincere farewell, choke back tears and succinctly explain just what and why he loves Microsoft so much.
Especially telling was his comment, “This isn’t about any one person. It’s about this company…” This came in response to Microsoft employees emotionally yelling from the audience how much they love Ballmer.
All the news surrounding Ballmer’s departure has done nothing to change my opinion and this video in some ways confirms the suspicions I voiced in this earlier post.
Steve vs Bill
When Bill Gates left the job of CEO of Microsoft, his departure video was markedly different. Gates self-deprecating sense of humor displays itself in this all-star cast video he made spoofing himself on his last day.
The cast spans Brian Williams, Matthew McConaughey, Bono, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Al Gore, Steve Ballmer, Craig Mundie and Ray Ozzie.
Gates departure was a more overtly planned event which gave him the time to prepare this video which even contains him as X-Man Wolverine.
The Warptest POV
The differences in situation are clearly reflected in how each man chose his farewell. Even so the different personalities, humor and styles shine through these videos.
I’ve said it already and I will say it again. Having heard Steve Ballmer live in 2012 here in Israel I was wowed by his keynote at the Build event and regardless of alleged mistakes I will miss his hands-on leadership style and his incredible passion.
Will time reveal more about Ballmer’s departure from Microsoft? Almost certainly. The big question remains, who will be the person to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO?