Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer is popular for his strange habits and un-professional practices. He has often landed into publicity troubles.
His stange acts of shouting and dancing in developer conferences is weird.
Do you know of any CEO who loses his coolness on sight of a great gadget called iPhone. Here is the man –Steve Ballmer!
Yesterday, at Microsoft’s private company meeting at Seattle’s Safeco Field, Ballmer snatched an iPhone from one of his peers (believe it or not, most Microsoft employees (in U.S.) have an iPhone) and didn’t give it back till he was done trying to be a Clown.
The employee actually got noticed after he was trying to click Steve’s photo with an iPhone.
As per the TechFlash:
“As the story goes, it happened when Ballmer was making his big entrance—slapping hands, running around, and generally whooping things up, as is his tradition at these events. That was when he spotted someone at field level, allegedly a member of the Windows group, using an iPhone to take his picture. Ballmer grabbed the Apple device from the employee and made some funny remarks as everyone booed. Then he put it on the ground and pretended to stomp on it, before walking away. The scene was visible on the big screen, so even people in the upper deck could see what was happening. Later, during his presentation on stage, Ballmer referred to the episode again, teasing the person and making it clear that he hadn’t forgotten what [had] happened.”
Compare the attitude to world’s best Entrepreneur: Steve Jobs. Uhh, that’s like comparing Supersonic fighter jet with a 1942 classics. A simple search on youtube, yields awful results.
He was not done, later in his presentation he again referred to the episode. Poor poor employee.
Various tweets from MS employees present in the meeting confirm this. Engadget even have the pic (form the same iPhone) when Ballmer was teasing the employee.
What I don’t understand is how people can call this “in good humour”. This is CHEAP.