» Cut once, cut deeply

Mini-Microsoft returns to talk about the layoffs:

So if this truly drags on for a year: we need a new leader. This needs to be wrapped up by the end of July. 2014.

A year seems like a long time to conduct this unless Nadella means people are going to be notified their jobs are being eliminated within the year. I worked somewhere substantially smaller that laid off one-fifth of its workforce. Some people were told their jobs were being eliminated but offered better packages to stay until the end date.

One wants to think these things are one-time and that there will be an “All Clear” signal as Mini-Microsoft puts it. But the only thing that really signals “All Clear” isn’t the words of management, it’s the success of the business.