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Born: 1943-02-24
Profession: Businessman
Nation: American
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Our new attitude is how can we put you in front of our customer.

Tags: Attitude, Business, Put

Search, which is extremely important, represents about 5% of the page views on the Internet and 40% of the revenue. So, highly monetized.

Tags: Internet, Search, Views

Sometimes, on a personal level, I wince.

Tags: Level, Personal, Sometimes

The Internet and Yahoo are firmly established as 'must buys' for brand advertising.

Tags: Brand, Buys, Internet

There is nothing to be embarrassed about being profitable.

Tags: Profitable

While more great films are being made every year, it is increasingly difficult to get indies into theaters or on TV.

Tags: Difficult, Great, Year

Yahoo is all about content. Deep reservoirs of important content in many, many strong areas.

Tags: Content, Deep, Strong

Yahoo! is the only company with both scale and leadership in branded and search advertising.

Tags: Both, Company, Leadership

At Yahoo, we were one of the early proponents of the power of content showcased through new media. SnagFilms, with its large library and breadth of digital distribution, can help shape this next phase, bringing great stories to broad new audiences.

Tags: Great, Help, Power

I don't think that Yahoo or any other Internet company should try to become a television network. We will be nowhere if we have to create our own content.

Tags: Become, Company, Try

I myself am a builder and get totally excited about building Yahoo! as a brand and building it into a bigger and better company. That's what I intend to do.

Tags: Building, Company, Excited

When I began working in Yahoo, my family moved with me. Despite our efforts, our kids wanted to study in Los Angeles, and I was forced to see my family and friends only on weekends. In the beginning I even enjoyed it, but knew that at some stage I'd want to go back home.

Tags: Family, Friends, Home

Bill Gore from Goretex was a very strong influence because he was one of the first larger companies to experiment with freedom in the workplace.

Tags: Freedom, Influence, Strong

Growth and profit are a product of how people work together.

Tags: Growth, Together, Work

If you look at any kind of modern organization and you think, 'What are the foremost tools of power?' You will find that it is information.

Tags: Modern, Power, Tools

No-one works for money alone and tapping into what people want from their careers and what they have to offer is essential.

Tags: Alone, Money, Works

Once employees feel challenged, invigorated and productive, their efforts will naturally translate into profit and growth for the organisation.

Tags: Growth, Once, Productive

People are responsible adults at home. Why do we suddenly transform them into adolescents with no freedom when they reach the workplace?

Tags: Freedom, Home, Why

The best way to invest corporate profits is to give them to the employees.

Tags: Best, Corporate, Give

The key to getting work done on time is to stop wearing a watch.

Tags: Done, Time, Work

The key to management is to get rid of the managers.

Tags: Key, Management, Rid

The purpose of work is not to make money. The purpose of work is to make the workers, whether working stiffs or top executives, feel good about life.

Tags: Good, Life, Work

The purpose of work is to make the worker - whether a working stiff or a CEO - feel good about life.

Tags: Good, Life, Work

A high percentage of organisations develop a military rationale, whereby only a very small number of people make all of the decisions. There is little wonder, then, that people aren't keen to get out of bed and come to work on a Monday morning.

Tags: Morning, Small, Work

As long as we know what each member of staff agrees to deliver in a period of time, then their working hours, or where they work, are no longer important. This gives people the flexibility to avoid queuing in traffic by coming into work later in the morning or even to work from home. As long as productivity remains the same, then it doesn't matter.

Tags: Home, Time, Work

I once worked it out - after $12 million, all millionaires are the same. That's because we're all humans, confined to human scale. How many homes can you live in? How many meals can you eat? You can have a living room the size of a cathedral, but you won't live in it. It's too big.

Tags: After, Human, Living
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In life, we do not give employees enough leeway. If you look around Semco's office, there are plenty of empty desks. The question is - where are these people? I do not have the slightest idea, but I am not interested.

Tags: Enough, Give, Life

One of the things that is very silly - and I hear from educators all the time - is that schools essentially teach kids to learn. They don't need school for that. Learning is what they do best.

Tags: Best, Learning, Time

People are too keen to follow standard preconceptions of how organisations should work. All too often, we feel that we are unable to make changes and so hope that someone, somewhere in your organisation knows what we are doing and what the overall aim is.

Tags: Hope, Someone, Work

An artist must create. If she doesn't, she will become a menace to society.

Tags: Become, She, Society

And dialogue, I'm good at it, and it's because it's the only thing you have to work with in TV writing.

Tags: Good, Work, Writing

I learned that comedy is born out of strong characters. I won't begin writing a character until I have a clear take on them.

Tags: Character, Strong, Writing

I think that's the most important job of a novelist - to bring authority to their writing.

Tags: Bring, Job, Writing

In a lot of ways, TV writing taught me how to be a good storyteller. I learned about dialogue, scenes, moving the plot forward.

Tags: Forward, Good, Moving

In TV writing, I felt like Gulliver being tied down by the Lilliputians. There's so much more freedom in fiction writing.

Tags: Felt, Freedom, Writing

'Mad About You' fit my sensibility the most of any show that I worked on, and as a result, it was really fun. It felt like a very natural fit.

Tags: Fun, Mad, Show

My father was a screenwriter, and I kind of grew up in that world.

Tags: Father

My first novel didn't sell well. It was really painful and humiliating and shocking to me.

Tags: Novel, Painful, Sell

My strength as a TV writer was my total lack of interest in television.

Tags: Interest, Strength, Writer

My talent isn't so much in traditional research as in finding really smart people and badgering them with questions.

Tags: Research, Smart, Talent

Ruthless concern with story is what I learned in television.

Tags: Learned, Story, Television

There's a happiness that comes from writing that I won't live without.

Tags: Happiness, Won, Writing

After decades spent in rewrite rooms surrounded by other shouting writers, I discovered that I work best alone. I like being in charge of my time, working out the problems according to my own rhythms and being able to nap. That's a big one, the napping on demand!

Tags: Best, Time, Work

I drop my kid off at school and then race home, and it's a very limited time. I can only do really serious writing for a couple of hours. And then I always go on a walk, I do a one-to-two-hour walk; I don't go running or hard hiking.

Tags: Home, School, Time

I keep an elaborate calendar for my characters detailing on which dates everything happens. I'm constantly revising this as I go along. It gives me the freedom to intricately plot my story, knowing it will at least hold up on a timeline.

Tags: Freedom, Keep, Knowing

I never understood the concept of a fluffy summer read. For me, summer reading means beaches, long train rides and layovers in foreign airports. All of which call for escaping into really long books.

Tags: Means, Read, Reading

I think a novel has to be about where you are at a given moment in time. I think it really needs to represent some specific pain you're going through. it's not just a story.

Tags: Moment, Pain, Time

I think because I try to keep things as real as I can, or I try to start from a place of reality, I almost don't have the imagination to write a book that's not set where I am.

Tags: Book, Real, Reality

On my walks, that's when the good ideas come. The kind of hard, gritty work is when you're sitting at the computer and it's kind of intense and you're kind of in super control of it - the walks are when you let go. That's when the really big breakthroughs come in, and it's very strange.

Tags: Good, Hard, Work