A sense of urgency
As a newcomer to the company, and indeed a returnee to larger companies after ten years in startups, I've been finding my feet and getting a sense of the culture of the organization. I'm really impressed by the principles of the organization. I'm especially taken with One Microsoft and the Growth Mindset constructs. Using these it has been easy to orient myself towards mission.
What was less appealing, and slightly disturbing, is a lack of a sense of urgency and ownership in the org. In a startup it is all about execution, you're a lean, capital constrained organization with limited human resources. You have to get the right stuff done in the finite window available to you. The tempo is fast, your goals are challenging, sometimes even seemingly unrealistic. But in the best organizations, individuals and teams move with a clear sense of mission and with urgency. They feel ownership and are deeply invested in their customer's success.
At Microsoft I'm struggling to see that sense of urgenc