Bill Gates and Diverse Staff

We need to draw around us people who are sharp, but different from us. When Bill Gates needed someone to organize Microsoft, he chose Jon Shirley. They were totally different in personal organizational styles. Whereas Gates' office had "piles on the floor, up on the desk, just crap everywhere," Shirley's office looked perfect. He was the type guy "who could tell you how many number-two pencils they consumed in the U.K. branch office in the third quarter of 1982." (Written by Steve Miller, copyright Feb., 2003. Source: Stephen Manes and Paul Andrews, Gates: How Microsoft's Mogul Reinvented An Industry - And Made Himself The Richest Man in America, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1994)



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