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10 Lessons from Bill Gates (GRAVITAS)

10 Lessons from Bill Gates (GRAVITAS)

microsoftby Terri L. Williams

This upcoming week the iconic company Microsoft celebrates its 31st anniversary.  Established on Apr 4, 1975 Microsoft has helped to define how the evolution of digital data management transformed business, how a Web lifestyle will take shape; and how computers have affected everything from hospital care to fighter planes.


Bill and AlFamed entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates began programming at age 13. He and partner Paul Allen built the world’s largest software business, Microsoft. In the process, Gates became one of the richest men in the world. Today if you Google Bill Gates name it will yield about 168,000,000 results (0.72 seconds), while Amazon books yields 4,622 results for “bill gates” name. Amazing!


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Entrepreneur and Businessman Bill Gates, shares in his book Business @ the Speed of Thought Using a Digital Nervous System, “Ultimately, the most important speed issue for companies is cultural.  If you find more than three or four decision makers in a room, you can be sure that the sheer number of the people involved is a major part of the problem.”

As leaders the responsibility of culture is inherently belongs to leadership and it is demonstrated through gravitas. Bill Gates predictions in 1999, all brought forward leaders responsibility to be strategic and setup the standards for their employees to be successful in the organizations culture via technology, transformation, and performance.

business at the speed of thoughtIn 1999, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates penned Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy.  Gates discussed how technology can help run businesses better today and how it will transform the nature of business in the near future. Additionally he stressed the need for managers to view technology not as overhead but as a strategic asset, and offered detailed examples from Microsoft, GM, Dell, and many other successful companies.















Source:  Google Images

Source: Google Images


Newsweek in 2015 shared, “In Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy, published in 1999, Bill Gates outlined how information systems, the Internet and technology in general would change the way that businesses function.  Along the way, he made some incredibly accurate predictions, most of which have since become huge industries: smart phones, smart homes, social networks and an array of other uses for the Internet—a few of which have yet to be developed.


10 Key Take-Aways from Bill Gates

  1. Bad news is sometimes good news.
  2. Businesses, governments, schools, armies, hospitals – everybody must adapt to the Web Lifestyle.
  3. Digital information is easier to collect, faster to distribute, and more productive to use than paperwork.
  4. Information is a verb, not a noun.
  5. Most companies don’t know how to use information. The first ones to find out will beat their competitors.
  6. Out with the old, in with the new – and buy Microsoft.
  7.  People are adopting computer/Internet technology faster than they adopted telephones, electricity and television.
  8. Technology isn’t just for techies.
  9. The lifestyle of the future will be the ’Web Lifestyle’.
  10. Use computers more – and use more computers.



Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy

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