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Business the Bill Gates way : 10 secrets of the world's richest business leader
Dearlove, Des.
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New York : AMACOM, [1999]

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xiii, 174 pages ; 23 cm
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In 1977 an unknown computer "nerd" dropped out of Harvard to work at a small computer software company. In 1980 this same individual won a bid to supply IBM with the operating system for its first PC. The rest is history. Because, of course, the "nerd" was Bill Gates and the company was Microsoft.

Author Notes

Des Dearlove writes for the Financial Times and other leading international business magazines. He is the author of Business the Richard Branson Way and Key Management Decisions. He lives in Sussex, UK.

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Library Journal Review

Is there anything new to say about the four high-profile corporate executives featured in this series? The work of Dearlove and Crainer, two British business writers, suggests that there is not. Their texts consist of quotes from previous books and articles held together by statements that appear to have little to legitimize them. The authors give no indication of the source of their opinions, facts, and speculation. For each executive, there are ten "secrets" on which the analysis of his management style is based. Although the other three executives are referred to in each book, there is no attempt at comparative analysis. For example, for Murdoch, ruthlessness is cited as a secret of success, with the belief that "nice guys finish second." But Branson's common touch with customers and staff alike is the key to his popularity and success. Go figure. The quality of the writing is uneven and frequently repetitious, but there is an easygoing approach that makes all four books appealing for a quick read. Undergraduate term-paper writers and casual readers who have heard these names may appreciate the one-stop biography/management style content. Graduate students, businesspeople, and other specialists will pass on these books in search of more solid content.ÄSusan DiMattia, "Library Journal" (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Prefacep. ix
The Life and Times of Bill Gatesp. 1
1 Be in the Right Place at the Right Timep. 15
2 Fall in Love with the Technologyp. 31
3 Take No Prisonersp. 47
4 Hire Very Smart Peoplep. 59
5 Learn to Survivep. 75
6 Don't Expect Any Thanksp. 89
7 Assume the Visionary Positionp. 105
8 Cover All the Basesp. 123
9 Build a Byte-Sized Businessp. 137
10 Never, Ever Take Your Eye Off the Ballp. 149
How to Get Rich the Bill Gates Wayp. 163
Last Wordp. 167
Indexp. 169