Nokia’s CEO Calls for ‘Radical Change’

It’s time for a “radical change” at Nokia, new

company CEO, Stephen Elop emphatically insisted in an internal note to employees, posted Feb. 8 by Engadget and reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. A Jerry

McGuire-style, 1,200-plus-word

manifesto, the document arrives just days before Elop’s Feb. 11 date with

investors in London, where he is scheduled to detail his plans for turning

around the phone maker, which last quarter lost

its long-held title as the world’s

leading smartphone platform to Google’s Android.

In the document, Elop offers an anecdote of a

fisherman forced to choose between the burning platform he’s standing on and

the frigid, dark waters of the North Sea. Circumstances caused by Nokia’s

own poor decisions have put the company in a position, the document suggests,

where it similarly must either do something previously unthinkable or else be

consumed.  

“How did we get to this point? Why did we fall behind when the world around us

evolved?” Elop said in the document, continuing:

This is what I have been trying to understand. I believe at least some of it

has been due to our attitude inside Nokia. We poured gasoline on our own

burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to

align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of

misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not

collaborating internally.

Nokia, our platform is burning.

For more, read the eWeek article: Nokia CEO Elop: Company Must Make ‘Radical Change’.

CIO Insight Staff
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