Be ready to out-work everyone - Gates once described unhappy customers as one's "greatest source of learning." Even when Microsoft dominated the marketplace and turned huge revenues, Gates refused to be complacent; personally involving himself in efforts to diversify the company’s portfolio. “Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.” he remarkedand if his annual reading lists are evident, he has not shown any signs of slowing down.
Have a vision - How often have you heard the phrase ‘think big’? It couldn’t apply any more to Gates who dreamed that every home and office would have a Windows PC and in many ways, worked to achieve that dream with very little compromise. “We always knew that we didn’t want to have a single product that was a dominant product,” he says. “We wanted to hire in more software people and have a full product line.”Microsoft’s success came from predicting what their market needed and catering, but they strayed very little from their core strength: delivering quality software that could be used everywhere.
Care about those around you - Gates’ philanthropy and humanitarian efforts are amazing for a man likely to become the world’s first trillionaire. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations, donating billions of dollars to causes all over the world. “As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” He says. Reflect upon that statement and how it applies to your role as a leader. Of course we don’t all have the deep pockets Bill does, but this could mean getting involved in your community, helping out the less fortunate or working to be more personable with your co-workers or employees.
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- March 17, 2017
- Written by SDC