Towards a Growth Mindset: The Microsoft Transformation Story

  • Online event
  • 08 February 2023 15:00 - 16:30

Towards a Growth Mindset: The Microsoft Transformation Story


One of the highlights of our leadership 2022 study tour to Seattle was our experience hearing about the Microsoft culture transformation story with the brilliant Irada Sadykhova, Senior Director of Organisational Design at Microsoft HQ

In particular there were a couple of issues which resonated which should be of interest to DIN members. Firstly how they managed this when moving from one CEO who was very sales focussed, to a new one who was very customer experience focussed all whilst delivering business as usual. And secondly how they knew that to achieve this they had to completely change organisational design and how they worked.

So, please join us live from Redmond, Seattle and hear the Microsoft transformation story.

About this event

To continue leading digital transformation and cloud technologies with customers and partners and to provide Microsoft employees with experiences that allow them to do their best work, Microsoft has been evolving the culture of Growth Mindset. On the foundation of Growth Mindset, the company has been working on developing Customer Obsessed, Diverse and Inclusive, and One Microsoft behaviours, mindsets, and practices. In this session, you will hear about the top 10 things we have learned about positive culture evolution from its inception in 2014. The outline of the talk includes:

• Key drivers of change and how they align to the chosen direction of learn-it-all culture

• 10 learnings about activating culture change, with examples of individual solutions and programs to activate change

• Role of leadership and people management in driving change

• And thoughts on moving forward.

The session will be a mixture of presentation, interview and audience conversation.

About our speaker

Irada Sadykhova

Microsoft Corporation, Senior Director of Organization Development

Irada Sadykhova is the Senior Director of Organization Development (OD) at Microsoft since 2005. After spending a decade in engineering, Irada has led culture transformation efforts across the company and recently shifted her focus to work with Microsoft customers and partners. Additionally, Irada provides OD consultations and benchmarking with primary focus on furthering culture, executive leadership, and complex change. Prior to Microsoft, Irada has been in leadership roles across sales, marketing, IT and HR for the Cendant companies. Her early work experiences were in academia, as a researcher and a professor at St. Petersburg State University, Russia.


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