Simon Witts Microsoft

I recently attended Microsoft’s executive planning session in Redmond which always serves up a rich vein of insights into Leadership and Management as we chart the stewardship and direction of the company for the approaching fiscal year (Microsoft Senior Leadership, Innovations and Operations).

This year’s gem came from our Enterprise Vice President Simon Witts (also the person who hired me into Microsoft 15 years ago).  He talked about the need to balance ‘break through’ with ‘build on’.  Sometimes you need to take new approaches to go after an opportunity and other times you need to diligently preserve what you have built as a foundation for further growth. The parallel begs another Bennis-like parallel…

Leaders ‘break through’, Managers ‘build on’. Both together drive integrated innovation