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Managing with fear wipes out your competitive edge

Steve Ballmer should have been fired as CEO of Microsoft many years ago. As a recentĀ  article inĀ USA Today points out, Mr. Ballmer managed with fear. Any CEO that tosses chairs across the room when he gets angry is not going to get the best from his or her employees. Managing with fear stifles innovation, creativity, risk taking and thinking outside the box; which are all necessary if you expect to hold your own with a competitor like Google. What Mr. Ballmer fails to realize is the reason Google is starting to eat Microsoft for lunch is that the culture at Google does not allow fear. Instead, it encourages employees to come up with and run with new ideas. This is no longer the case with Microsoft.