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Bill Capital

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 3 July 2002



Bill Capital
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Posted DateWednesday 3 July 2002 08:48 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://www.fortune.com/indexw.jhtml?channel=artcol.jhtml&doc ... 
CategoriesIntellectual Capital
PeopleBill Gates , Steve Ballmer , Leif Edvinsson
CountryUnited Kingdom
Related LinksMicrosoft

Quote from Fortune Magazine, July 8th, from an article on Bill Gates@Work:
Time spent with Bill in technology and business reviews is so valuable that Microsoft considers it a currency. They even have a name for it: Bill Capital. The board regards his time as a strategic asset to be monitored each quarter. Ballmer strenuously dissuades him from as many outside commitments as he can (including media interviews). The point is to enable Bill to spend at least half his time meeting face-to-face with developers, usually in very small groups and some times even one-on-one, and rarely with any other senior managers present.
I love this concept. I've mailed it to Leif Edvinsson - I'm sure he will like it too. Note that the currency is time. I think every knowledge worker should consider their time as personal capital and as a strategic asset.

In many ways, as knowledge workers, we do not share our knowledge but trade our time .

I also like the way that Bill is meeting with developers in small groups and one-to-one - this is where knowledge is shared and created. And how is it done? Well through conversation of course!

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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