Microsoft CEO, Cricket Buff, a Padma Bhushan. 5 things to learn from him

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, was one of 17 people to receive the Padma Bhushan award this year, India’s third highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan. The Indian-American businessman received the Padma Bhushan honor along with his colleague Sundar Pichai for the Trade and Industry category.

Satya Nadella, a Hyderabad native, became chairman and chief executive officer of technology giant Microsoft in 2014. This came after a long stint with the company that lasted nearly 25 years. During these years, he thrived at the company to slowly reach its heights and secure a top-level position for himself.

Here are 5 lessons we can learn from Microsoft CEO and Padma Bhushan Awardee Satya Nadella

– Learn to be patient. Satya Nadella joined Microsoft as a young engineer in 1992, when he was only 25 years old. From there, he quickly rose through the ranks, and in 1999 Nadella became vice president of Microsoft bCentral. There he was responsible for leading web services for small businesses. He stayed in the company for more than two decades, securing his position and eventually becoming the CEO of the tech major.

– Your passion can also be useful in your profession. In addition to being fond of poems, Nadella is a cricket fanatic. Hailing from a country that worships the sport, Nadella lived during a time when his hometown of Hyderabad produced cricket icons such as ML Jaisimha, Mohd Azharuddin and VVS Laxman. Nadella also learned from the sport. “I think playing cricket has taught me more about team work and leadership that has stayed with me throughout my career,” Satya Nadella had said after being appointed as Microsoft’s CEO.

– Never give up. Born on August 19, 1967, Satya Nadella attended Hyderabad Public School, Begumpet. He failed in his first attempt to enter the IIT, but later studied at the Manipal Institute of Technology, where he received his bachelor’s degree. From there, Nadella earned his MS in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and even did an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

– Know who you work for. Nadella’s 22-year experience gave him an edge over others, as no one knew Microsoft’s consumers and products better than he did. This is a great example of the benefits of working at a single company, rather than looking for your dream job early in your career.

– Invest wisely. As CEO, Satya Nadella saw his company fail in several segments. After the acquisition in 2016, he noticed that the company was failing in the mobile sector and quickly made the decision not to invest in the front. Instead, he redirected the company and shifted its focus to other areas, such as cloud computing and augmented reality. In 2016, he played a key role in the purchase of LinkedIn, which turned out to be a huge success. Under the winner of Padma Bhushan, Microsoft became one of the most valuable companies in the world.

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