Last week, Bill Gates made his swan song visit to the UK in his official capacity as Chief Software Architect of Microsoft as he retires from full-time Microsoft work to devote himself to his world health projects through his foundation. I had the privilege of doing one of the ‘warm up’ keynotes at the Microsoft Partner event where he spoke, but just before that engagement he presented at the Institute of Directors. The presentation is available on the IOD website, but the real highlight – as is typical with Bill – was his Q&A session. In the session (minute 6:44), he comments on embracing failure as he has many times before (eg. failing fast, lousy teacher, perspectives):

“We hired a lot of people who had failures because in a sense that taught them more than if they had been a success. And we were good at getting diverse skills.”

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