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Great companies have high cultures of accountability,
by Steve Ballmer

Great companies have high cultures of accountability,
it comes with this culture of criticism I was talking about before,
and I think our culture is strong on that.
- Steve Ballmer

We don't have a monopoly.
We have market share.
There's a difference.
- Steve Ballmer

Accessible design is good design.
- Steve Ballmer

What we've gone through in the last several years has
caused some people to question 'Can we trust Microsoft?'
- Steve Ballmer

 

Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual
property sense to everything it touches.
- Steve Ballmer

And then you take a look at Spaces, there is this great
innovation that came out of nowhere.
We have the number one blogging site in the world because
of the innovation that's there.
- Steve Ballmer

I have never, honestly, thrown a chair in my life.
- Steve Ballmer

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I have lots of sources of information about what's going on at the company.
I think I have a pretty good pulse on where we are
and what people are thinking.
- Steve Ballmer

Our mail product, Hotmail, is the market leader globally.
- Steve Ballmer

I think it would be absolutely reckless and irresponsible
for anyone to try and break up Microsoft.
- Steve Ballmer

Google's not a real company.
It's a house of cards.
- Steve Ballmer

Great companies in the way they work,
start with great leaders.
- Steve Ballmer

I think our leadership team is a highly accountable leadership team.
- Steve Ballmer

Our company has to be a company that enables its people.
- Steve Ballmer

We will make our products work out of the box.
- Steve Ballmer

I'm not sure blogs are necessarily the best place to get a pulse on anything.
People want to blog for a variety of reasons,
and that may or may not be representative.
- Steve Ballmer

I don't know what a monopoly is until somebody tells me.
- Steve Ballmer

I come back to the same thing: We've got the greatest
pipeline in the company's history in the next 12 months,
and we've had the most amazing financial results possible
over the last five years,
and we're predicting being back at double-digit revenue
growth in fiscal year '06.
- Steve Ballmer

Certainly, we continue to bring in new people.
We'll hire, net new, over 4,000 people this year,
and attract great people into the company.
I'm very bullish about the employee base and what it can accomplish.
- Steve Ballmer

So, I think the output of our innovation is great.
We have a culture of self-improvement.
I know we can continue to improve.
There is no issue.
But at the same time, our absolute level of output is fantastic.
- Steve Ballmer

I'm very, very bullish about our prospects,
and as I tell our board, as I tell our employees,
this is the time to invest.
There's so much opportunity.
Let's just invest in that opportunity,
and really get after it.
- Steve Ballmer

All companies of any size have to continue to push
to make sure you get the right leaders,
the right team, the right people to be fast acting,
and fast moving in the marketplace.
We've got great leaders, and we continue to attract
and promote great new leaders.
- Steve Ballmer

Look at the product pipeline, look at the fantastic
financial results we've had for the last five years.
You only get that kind of performance on the innovation side,
on the financial side, if you're really listening and
reacting to the best ideas of the people we have.
- Steve Ballmer

We've grown from 18% of the profits of the top 25 companies
in our industry to 23% of the profits of the top 25
companies in our industry over the last five years.
Profits are up over 70%, where the industry profit is up about 35%.
Pretty good.
- Steve Ballmer

Our people, our shareholders, me, Bill Gates,
we expect to change the world in every way,
to succeed wildly at everything we touch,
to have the broadest impact of any company in the world.
- Steve Ballmer

My children - in many dimensions they're as poorly
behaved as many other children,
but at least on this dimension I've got my kids brainwashed:
You don't use Google,
and you don't use an iPod.
- Steve Ballmer

We can believe that we know where the world should go.
But unless we're in touch with our customers,
our model of the world can diverge from reality.
There's no substitute for innovation,
of course, but innovation is no substitute for being in touch,
either.
- Steve Ballmer

The number one benefit of information technology is
that it empowers people to do what they want to do.
It lets people be creative.
It lets people be productive.
It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before,
and so in a sense it is all about potential.
- Steve Ballmer

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The really great secret - Happiness is free.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

All difficult things have
their origin in that which is easy,
and great things in that which is small.
- Lao Tzu

Small opportunities are often
the beginning of great enterprises.
- Demosthenes

The choice is to work alone to be a little
more successful than the next person,
or to work together for the great betterment of humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A little neglect may breed great mischief.
- Benjamin Franklin

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

There is a great future in front of you,
you can leave your past behind.
- Joel Osteen

About leadership: No person can be a great leader
unless he takes genuine joy
in the successes of those under him.
- W. A. Nance

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

To the philosopher,
death is but the next great adventure.
- J. K. Rowling

Man becomes great exactly in the degree
in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I welcome change as a great adventure.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.
Strong convictions precede great actions.
- Louisa May Alcott

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks
in great and honorable courses
with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

In this life we cannot do great things.
We can only do small things with great love.
- Mother Teresa

I have decided to stick with love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

To be conscious that you are ignorant
is a great step to knowledge.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces
that incessantly draw great events.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Half a truth is often a great lie.
- Benjamin Franklin

No crime is so great as daring to excel.
- Winston Churchill

Being is the great explainer.
- Henry David Thoreau

After climbing a great hill,
one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.
- Nelson Mandela

Great men or men of great gifts
you shall easily find,
but symmetrical men never.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Because of a great love, one is courageous.
- Lao Tzu

Great leadership is not the visit of an unexpected fate
but rather a flame which is kept burning
in spite of the winds of risk and opposition.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort,
and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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