While Microsoft CEO’s comment upsetting, it is not entirely wrong

Posted on October 15, 2014


Editor’s Note: In her latest blog, Roz Usheroff talks about the truth behind the spark of controversy that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella ignited when he suggested that women should stay silent and simply trust the system when it comes to getting a raise.

While there are suggestions of bias against women in the high tech industry, are things any better for women in the procurement world?

The Remarkable Leader

By now everyone in the social media world and beyond is likely talking about the recent comment by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in which he suggested that “women don’t need to ask for a raise and should just trust the system to pay them well.”

In a monumental effort to regain creditability as a leader and quell the flames of indignation, Mr. Nadella apologized for his response to the question what advice would you give to women who are uncomfortable requesting a raise.

Despite being politically incorrect, the irony is that Mr. Nadella’s advice is actually sound. This in and of itself is the real issue with which everyone in the business world should be more concerned.

According to the results of a Yale University 2012 study conducted by Professor Victoria Brescoll, “when men talk a lot, people want to reward them. But when women do it, they are…

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