Linked by David Adams on Thu 30th Jun 2011 15:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless There's no question Research In Motion is in the midst of a major transitional period. The company is planning to launch a brand new product line based on a brand new operating system within the next 12 months, and even though the first device born out of RIM's new QNX OS was impressive in some ways, it was incomplete. There still is a chance for RIM to deliver some really interesting competitive products, but time is quickly running out, as we have written time and time again. Update: RIM's response.
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Couldn't care
by molnarcs on Thu 30th Jun 2011 18:03 UTC
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Couldn't care less about what happens to RIM. Never owned a blackberry, nor do I intend to. Still, this was a very good article - so if you're like me, not interested in RIM, it may still worth your time.

This RIM employee certainly has balls - he is basically asking the CEOs of the company to resign, along with half the management. And he seems absolutely right. If half of what he wrote is correct, RIM has serious management problems. The links (a Jobs presentation and a video about leadership) are also quite insightful.

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RE: Couldn't care
by chekr on Fri 1st Jul 2011 03:31 in reply to "Couldn't care"
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This RIM employee certainly has balls

So much so that he remains anonymous!

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RE[2]: Couldn't care
by molnarcs on Fri 1st Jul 2011 17:54 in reply to "RE: Couldn't care"
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I think it wouldn't be too difficult to identify him. Besides, what would have telling his name accomplished?

On a side note - there are more letters now coming from other employees:

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RE[2]: Couldn't care
by danger_nakamura on Fri 1st Jul 2011 19:08 in reply to "RE: Couldn't care"
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I don't think that the desire to remain unnamed is an indication of cowardice. It is not an easy thing to blow the whistle in any organization, but sometimes it needs to be done. If the motive is to improve the organization, of what use would it be to do so in a way that would cause your potential removal from said organization?

Is that likely... yes. I work for a company that "values open communication" and I can state beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is complete bs. I have watched over the years as people that stuck their neck out in disagreement, especially over culturally endemic problems, got their heads cut off. Labels like "negative person" and "not a team player" come to mind. The truth is that very few of these people struck me as negative at all, and all of them save one (in my estimation) sought to improve the team position through their dissent, not undermine it.

The fact is that any organization is made up of human beings. Human beings have a natural drive for self preservation, and also issues like ego and hubris come into play. I think that it is often the case that those in leadership positions are incompetent. But they are also in a good position to ensure that no one finds out - or that those that do are "taken care of." And to do so in a way such that their actions do not look like direct retaliation. It is corruption through and through. And it is business as usual. Expecting the poster of this letter not to take these facts into account is unreasonable.

Telling the world that the Emperor has no clothes can be a difficult and dangerous job. We should comend those that have the courage, yes courage, to do so regardless of the venue. Perhaps a case could be made that this communication should have been made to other members of the company and not to the public. Perhaps that was already tried and the attempt(s) failed. But clearly this person felt that nothing short of this would yeild results. He/she has invested his/her future in RIM and their success. He has every right to attempt to shape that future and to do so in a manner that minimizes the likelyhood that he will be singled out to be "corrected."

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