The Unauthorized Guide To Doing Business the Bill Gates Way: 10 Secrets of the World's Richest Business Leader
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Mega-mogul Bill Gates is quite simply the richest and most successful businessman of all time. His remarkable vision and obsessive desire to win have created a leadership style radically different to anything the business world has seen before.
The Unauthorized Guide to Doing Business the Bill Gates Way draws out the universal lessons from Bill Gates' phenomenal success and identifies 10 secret leadership strategies that can be applied to any business or career:
- Be in the right place at the right time
- Fall in love with technology
- Take no prisoners
- Hire very smart people
- Learn to survive
- Don't expect any thanks
- Assume the visionary position
- Cover all the bases
- Build a byte-sized business
- Never ever take your eye off the ball
Want to be the best? The secrets of phenomenal success are in your hands.
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knowledge with third-party companies. Gates vigorously defended the company’s marketing strategy, claiming Microsoft had a positive impact on consumer choice. While opinions remain divided over whether the eventual settlement was appropriate, there is no doubt that, as Microsoft CEO, Gates was a formidable competitor and superb marketing strategist. According to Fortune magazine, every successful enterprise requires three men: a dreamer, a businessman, and a son-of-a-bitch. ‘Bill Gates has
are these non-professionals? I don’t seem to see any around. We’re not here to say “I’m a professional manager, give me something to manage,” we’re here to get the job done. So we don’t actively distinguish between professional and non-professional managers.’ It was to the chagrin of his rivals that the Microsoft development teams worked as well together as they did. They had a voracious appetite for work and were virtually impossible to poach What the company should do is give its people
Microsoft was unravelling the technological past from the technological future. Gates’ own talent is for understanding what’s just around the corner; it is a talent still evident as he assesses the threats to global society and apportions his philanthropic dollars accordingly. His great talent as a hi-tech leader lay in his ability to inspire the people that surrounded him to meet the challenge of helping him transform the computer industry. Over the years, he made his role within Microsoft
involved with the day-to-day running of Microsoft one of Gates’ toughest challenges was keeping up to date on technological change. With the pressures of running one of the most powerful companies in the world and the proliferation of technologies, trying to keep up to speed is a major problem. Gates is famous for his highly rational approach to problems. It is no surprise therefore to discover that he applied the same kind of approach to managing his own time. Microsoft is constantly exploring
a collection of the leading experts in a particular technical area and had them provide intensive briefing sessions. He calls these periods of knowledge cramming ‘think weeks’ during which time he would soak up information like a sponge. • Less haste, more speed. With one or two notable exceptions, the speed with which it has managed to get new applications to market has been a characteristic of Microsoft throughout its history, and one that gave Bill Gates an important competitive advantage. •