Filters, slices and context color everything. Or how I got to "omg. wtf. I guess Steve Ballmer is pretty cool"
From each of these, I came away thinking - "Wow. This is a pretty smart, passionate and likable dude". Why is this surprising?
Well my quick impression of him before listening to both of these "Man, how was this guy CEO of Microsoft for so long" and well, a lot worse to be honest.
And then I thought about why I thought this.
I hadn't really heard him speak (in-person or watched a video) for any length of timeobjectively, even with all the missteps in his later years at the helm it's hard not to evaluate him as a pretty successful executive and CEO A few years ago, I was talking to two people who'd worked at Microsoft and seen him in ac…