Yahoo! needs to hit reset, and Marissa Mayer needs to be the agent of change. The reinventing of Yahoo! is as much the responsibility of its employees as it is that of its senior executives.
There is no better way for a company to create a successful culture than for people to work together – philosophically, spiritually, and yes, physically.
More of the same at Yahoo! is the recipe for failure.
Getting employees together (by choice or not) and pushing people out of their comfort zones is needed to drive innovation. Conflict, disagreement and friction are necessary for success; they are the precursors to collaboration, compromise and creativity. Sometimes you need to get in a room, lock the door and solve a problem…literally. We always muse about the three guys in a garage creating the next Apple or Facebook. Did you ever notice it's never three guys in three separate garages?
I fully expect the blogosphere and the social media outlets to be replete with anonymous Yahoo! employees bellyaching about the new directive.
There will be a media frenzy attacking Marissa Mayer's decision to eliminate what's considered an entitlement.
My advice to her is to hang in there and stay the course. There will definitely be some turnover, but more than likely, they are employees that should have left Yahoo! long ago. If the only reason an employee stays with your company is because they can work from home, you don't want that employee anyway.
Marissa, if you need to webcast your strategy to all of your remote offices, feel free to hit me up on LinkedIn. I have the perfect solution.
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Nick Ballettais CEO of TalkPoint, an industry leader in global communications technology.