When he left Microsoft I had an opinion which I wrote about here (2008, Ro only).

I argued that those who leave multinational companies aren’t as successful as they expected. What happened to Silviu after some time? And, BTW, what happened to MS Romania after Silviu?

First of all, I found that his goals were different than usual – and not just different, but fundamentally and consistently so. He loves what he does and he does it with passion. And NOT because the sales rates require him to declare he does it with passion, but because he really feels that. It would have been revealed eventually, after all this time, if this wasn’t the case ;-). With this in mind, we are already looking from a different perspective at his achievements in the training company (let’s call it like this, although he speaks about this self-knowledge activity in completely different terms). The major achievement is that he smiles more. He is doing what he likes most and it shows. The immediate effect is that his deliverables are of impeccable quality. He helps you build a company, a team, just as you like it. He helps you enjoy doing what you like, too. Just as he was when he built MS Romania. Unlike the vast majority of employees in multinational companies that feed off their business card, we can now definitely say that, in Silviu’s case, MS fed from his leadership.

Maybe also because, on the other side, since he left, MS Romania has taken a nosedive. First it dropped slowly; then it plummeted. Then it became a tragedy. A completely new team, devoid of any emotion. A team led by a man who when asked “why WP7 isn’t good”, answers “Because you’re stupid and don’t know how to use it”… Ouch! I wondered what Silviu would have said… Probably something like “Yeah, you’re right. It’s version 1, launched in haste. We know this and we’re working at the new version which is going to be better. But look, maybe it has some good parts too, among all the bad…”; a more honest answer anyway. And it’s as if, when you listen to him, you feel like following him. (Now it seems like MS Ro has licked some of its wounds and found the right path).

In any case, now – after all this time – I’ve got it clear: Silviu made MS Ro what it was, not the other way around. And he is still (just like he has always been) a man to look up to, a model and a mentor that can teach you many things. Now that he is less visible and I don’t risk being called a bootlicker, I wanted to say this: Respect.

What he is doing these days: http://www.gustavkaeser.com.

(English version by Teodora Popescu)

Original Romanian Version

Cu respect despre Silviu Hotaran

Cand a plecat din MS am avut o parere, scrisa aici .

Sustineam ca cei care pleaca din companiile multinationale nu au succesul scontat dupa. Ce s-a intamplat cu Silviu dupa ceva timp? Si, ca intrebare ajutatoare, ce s-a intamplat cu MS Romania dupa Silviu?

In primul rand constat ca obiectivele lui au fost altele decat de obicei, anume in mod fundamental si consecvent altele. El iubeste ceea ce face si o face din pasiune. NU pentru ca cursul de vanzari ii cere sa declare ca face cu pasiune ceea ce face, ci pentru ca asa simte el pe bune. S-ar fi vazut in atata timp daca nu era asa ;-). Avand asta in minte, deja ne uitam altfel la realizarile lui de la compania de training (sa o numim asa, desi el povesteste in cu totul alti termeni despre aceasta activitate de cunoastere de sine). Realizarea majora este ca zambeste mai mult. Face ceea ce ii place si asta se vede. Efectul imediat este ca livrabilele sale sunt de o calitate ireprosabila. Te ajuta sa construiesti o companie, o echipa, asa cum ti-ar place. Te ajuta sa faci cu placere ce faci la randul tau. Asa cum a construit tot el si MS Romania. Spre deosebire de marea majoritate a angajatilor din multinationale, care se hranesc ei din cartea de vizita, abea acum putem spune cu siguranta ca in cazul lui Silviu, MS s-a hranit din “leadership-ul” sau.

Poate si pentru ca, pe partea cealalta, de cand el nu mai este acolo, MS Romania a luat-o in jos. Mai intai incet, mai apoi tare de tot. Apoi – jale. Echipa noua complet, fara nici o emotie. Echipa condusa de un om care la intrebarea “de ce WP7 nu e bun?” imi raspunde “Esti tu prost, nu stii sa-l folosesti”… Ouch! M-am intrebat ce mi-ar fi spus Silviu… Probabli ceva de genul “Da, ai dreptate. Este versiunea 1, lansata in graba. Stim asta si lucram la versiunea urmatoare, care o sa fie mai buna. Dar uita-te, poate are si ceva bun printre toate relele..” ma rog, mult mai onest. Si parca, atunci cand il asculti, iti vine sa mergi dupa el. (Acum parca si MS Ro s-a mai destupat, si-a mai lins ranile)

In tot cazul, acum – dupa atata timp – imi este clar: Silviu a facut MS Ro ceea ce a fost, nu invers. Si este in continuare (asa cum a fost mereu) un om la care sa te uiti in sus (scuzati licenta englezeasca) ca la un model si un mentor de la care ai multe de invatat. Acum, cand este mai putin vizibil si nu risc sa fiu catalogat de “pupator“, am vrut sa spun asta. Respect.

Ce face acum: http://www.gustavkaeser.com

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