I am always excited when I see a woman put into a position of power and authority. No, not that excited, I'm given rise by the fact that women do tend to make more compassionate and considerate leaders. More recently, you can't go two clicks on the internet without seeing something about Marissa Mayer having been appointed to the scandalous Yahoo CEO position. Good for her, that is an awesome recognition for her years at Google.
What is Yahoo any way? I've peeped on there back and forth for articles and some classifieds. I've even played around with their Pipes programming a little bit. But what are they? It has been classically labeled as a portal. Even at times a search engine. The latter might cause some non-compete issues for Ms. Mayer, though I am not privy to her contract specifics. But again, what is it?
The more I review the site, the more I see it as a news aggregator. There is more there, but that would appear to be the main focus. Yahoo becomes more confusing as a company the more you dig into it. So it is honorable the Ms. Mayer would take on such a challenge. Her recent action is what prompted me to write this posting.
Previously, I stated that women in leadership tend to be more compassionate and considerate. Well, thank you Ms. Mayer for throwing that out the window. I have been a part of many large companies. Never have I seen such a disregard for basic employee respect as I witnessed by her and I've seen some horrible situations. In case you missed, Ms. Mayer took it upon herself to, "remove from position" the CMO of Yahoo, Mollie Spillman. This would be no problem and to be expected after a new Sheriff rides into town. They are going to swap out the old deputies for new ones they trust, happens. It is the manner in which it was done that has made me reconsider any use of Yahoo.
While the CMO was on vacation, Ms. Mayer called to inform her of the decision to remove her from her position. Are you kidding me? While on vacation? I get that they are some what peers. I get that the media would've picked up on it first and probably broadcast it for the CMO to see. But Ms. Mayer, learn about tact and discretion. You hold these actions close. Wait till it is an appropriate time, and never fire or remove someone without being able to do it face to face, unless they work remotely in which case try Skype. Even worse, it is sighted that the two were working closely with no indication of replacement. Subversive.
I would worry as to the future of Yahoo after such an example from the leadership involved. It is not only an indices of what the remainder of employees can expect, but potentially the type of interaction one might find from Yahoo as a consumer or end user. It concerns me greatly as actions in business trickle down from the examples of their respective leadership. Let us just hope for Yahoo, there are some executive that still believe in human decency and basic respect.