What Microsoft Can Learn From Samsung

The big challenge for Microsoft’s Satya Nadella is to break down siloes and unleash talented people into new areas.

Jul 12, 2014 at 11:30AM

As a longtime Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) shareholder, I'm well aware that the last few years have been disappointing when compared to the S&P 500.

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Microsoft, once a nimble innovator, has not been able to keep up and has been outmaneuvered several times in recent years. One company it can learn from is another giant -- Samsung (NASDAQOTH:SSNLF).

Gary Shapiro -- head of the Consumer Electronics Association -- is also author of Ninja Innovation: The Ten Killer Strategies of the World's Most Successful Businesses. His book explains that in this age of fast technological changes, companies must employ ninja-like tactics to innovate their way to the top. This includes being quick, team-oriented, and always willing to change plans.

I was able to speak with him at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas about his book, and which companies are doing things right.

In this video, Shapiro points to Samsung as a big company doing things right. This was recorded shortly before Microsoft named Satya Nadella as CEO, and Shapiro notes that Microsoft's new leader needs to break down siloes and unleash talented people into new areas.

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