I've just been catching up with the 'Geek in Disguise' blog over at Clayton Central and I was interested to read the post on Hugh MacLeod wanting to be hired by Microsoft. The fact that the cartoon is generating so much interest and so many varied views is clear indication of the influence this image is having on the way people think.
When visiting art galleries I often listen to the comments being made on a piece and although there is some agreement there is often different interpretations that are shared and discussed. The 'blue monster' is generating that same behavior.
I myself have given copies of the cartoon to customers and partners that attend events we run that talk about change. I also ask the recipients of the cartoon if they would display it in a place of prominence and send me a picture and guess what, they do. They like the idea of embracing the thinking around change.
So the reality check: The days of Microsoft creating instant millionaires has long since passed yet we still hire and retain some of the smartest people in the industry. These people (and I include my team in this generalization) have a passion for what software can do and how it effects people and business. Our software is only an enabler for change, but in my time at Microsoft I've seen many innovative solutions created by our partners and customer that have helped 'change the world!'.