Satya Nadella, Microsoft's CEO, has landed himself in a bit of hot water. Earlier this week during the "Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing", Nadella suggested that women should trust the system and not ask for raises, but rather trust in Karma.
Grace Hopper was the first admiral in the U.S. Navy, a computer scientist pioneer who among other things invented the first compiler for a computer programming language and coined the term "debugging" for fixing computer programming problems when a real moth was found inside a mainframe computer.
A short segment of this interview is included within the first video above. The entire video of Nadella's discussion is included in the second video.
Here is a transcript of the segment in question:
Beginning at 1:35:04 in the second video, Maria Klawe (President of Harvey Mudd College and member of Microsoft's board of directors) asks Mr. Nadella, "So ya know, for women who aren't comfortable with asking for a raise, or sort of saying, who aren't the younger you let's say, what's your advice for them?"
Nadella answered, "You know, the, the thing that um, perhaps most influenced me in terms of how do you look at the um, the journey or a career - there was this guy, whose name was Mike Naples, who was thaaaa - ah President of Microsoft when I joined and he had this saying where he would say, look all sys..., all HR systems are long term efficient short term inefficient, and ummmm I, I, I thought that that phrase just captured it, ah, which is, it’s not really about asking for the raise but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. Ah, and that, I think, might be one of the additional superpowers ah that, quite frankly, women ah who don’t ask for raises have. Because that’s good karma. It’ll come back. Because somebody’s going to know: ‘That’s the kind of person that I want to trust. That’s the kind of person that I want to really give more responsibility to.’ And in the long-term efficiency, things catch up....."
At 1:35:54 as he begins, "...it's not really ..." we see a Rationalization Rapport Empathy Expression (R2E2). This signals to us that he's trying to get us to rationalize, or co-rationalize along with him. People who are trying too much to sell us something make this expression often. Beware of those who use it in excess. We all use it from time-to-time, but when used frequently it's a huge red flag for insincerity, deception, manipulation, rationalization or sociopathic behaviors.
This image is captured at 1:36:12
just as Nadella says, "... quite frankly ..."
One body language illustrator which Mr. Nadella repeatedly displays is an index finger (aka forefinger) point which is universally offensive in virtually every culture on Earth - including Hyderabad, India where Mr. Nadella was born. Mr. Nadella uses the index finger excessively in this setting. Those who display this particular body language regularly have an extremely high incidence of narcissistic personality disorder.
Body language correlation with statement analysis is very illustrative in this moment. At the very second as he says " ... quite frankly ...", we see another index finger point - which of course is no accident. In excess of 99.8% of the time, when a person says, "quite frankly" they are in fact are not being completely honest and in addition it's a signal that they are strongly advancing their agenda (although they want to make you feel they have your interests in mind - yet in truth only if theirs are met). As we see here, agenda driven behavior often has truth but with some deception mixed in. It's a shell game of sorts. Simultaneous correlation of verbal behavior, vocal qualities and nonverbal behavior is profoundly important.
Ironically, this image is captured just as he says, " ... karma ..."
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