Satya Nadella’s reply to the growing awareness of inequality among women leaders in technology at the Grace Hopper Celebration was a typical response; if the listeners comprised a unique cultural circle. Nevertheless, the ordinary commentary fell on the ears of an extraordinary audience. There is an expanding subliminal sense in humanity for social parity that will shape global socio-economics for generations. Let the truth be known that if Satya were not CEO of the globe’s largest software company…his unfortunate audible would go unnoticed.
On October 9, 2014, while speaking at the Grace Hopper Celebration, a women’s technical conference, Nadella stated: “It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” Nadella said, according to a recording on the website of the event, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.
“Because that’s good karma,” Nadella continued. “It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust.” – Wikipedia.
Thanks to modern technologies of SNS connections, those unscripted utterances went instantly viral. Mr. Nadella’s commentary became a highly charged political nugget. His talk was classic if you follow many age-old Asian ideologies. The sentiments driving the words were not meant to garner the inequity or ruffle feathers. Instead, it became a teaching moment meant to assuage.
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Universal C Suite occupiers grapple daily to avoid such political moments. Rest assured that these tiny parcels of time are unavoidable. There are varied cultures that compose leadership within global commerce giants that dictate how our socio- economies will behave. It is needful that business leaders become culturists to think and listen in global ways. And conversely, their audiences must learn how to listen and appreciate the richness of our multicultural world while making allowances accordingly.