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This is a list of 100 people who have changed the world.

People Who Changed the World

christ 1. Jesus Christ (c.5BC – 30AD) Spiritual Teacher, central figure of Christianity.
christ 2. Thomas Jefferson (1743- 1826) 3rd President of US. Principle author of Declaration of Independence
christ 3. Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 – ) Leader of Soviet Union. Oversaw transition from Communism in Eastern Europe.
christ 4. Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) Non-violent civil rights leader
christ 5. Nelson Mandela (1918 – ) Anti-apartheid leader. First President of democratic South Africa in 1994.
christ 6. Lord Buddha (c 563BC – c 483BC) Spiritual Teacher and founder of Buddhism.
christ 7. Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) Prime Minister of Great Britain during Second World War.
christ 8. William Shakespeare (1564- 1616) English poet and playwright.
christ 9. Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945) Dictator of Nazi Germany.
christ 10. Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) President of US during civil war, helped end slavery.


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Leadership Tips from Bill Gates

In 2000, during the high road of Microsoft’s success, Bill Gates wrote and published the book Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy. Within he wrote about four leadership tips that he applies:

1. Take two “retreats” every year.

“Leave your office to develop long-range strategies.” Leadership transcends the tactical management and leads the strategic initiatives. A great way to refresh and refocus is to get out of the mold, so you can gain a different perspective on where things are heading.

2. Read books on other topics.

“Read books on topics that don’t pertain strictly to your business or industry. It’s the best way to maintain a broad perspective.” Leaders need to open up broad channels of input; you need to assess what other industries are doing as they impact yours. Microsoft did not attain its level of success by forgetting about their customers were doing. Their customers were small and medium businesses in healthcare, government, finance, and “mom and pop” shops, etc. All these other industries are intertwined with all the rest of the world.

3. Identify problems early.

“Identify problems early by tracking “exceptions,” such as sales figures that suddenly sag for a particular product. Jump on them right away.” Know what to expect and you will find anomalies. Once you found an anomaly, you have found a potential problem worth exploring. But, all in all, you need metrics in place to track anything.

4. Stop at the end of each day

“Stop at the end of each day to analyze how well you used it. If you wasted time on things you didn’t need to do, eliminate them tomorrow.” Just imagine how much more efficient and effective you will be!

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