Letting Go of an Old Mindset

In 1958, after a seventeen-year career at the DuPont Company, a middle-aged engineer named Bill Gore decided it was time to do something radically different. He left behind the security of a well-paying job with a world-renowned company to literally start a business in his basement. From the very beginning, Gore knew that he wanted his new business to be different, especially in the ways that the people communicated with each other. Gore had no interest in building another corporate hierarchy where people watched what they said for fear of drifting from the “corporate line.” He wanted his new company to be a bazaar of innovation and a marketplace of creativity. To accomplish his dream, he knew he needed to build ...

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