Quote from Fortune Magazine on the four traits Microsoft took from Bill Gates.
Let the engineers rule
Microsoft employs about 30,000 programmers among its 90,000 people. In operating groups engineers are involved in every major decision. Not only that. engineers typically get paid more than businesspeople. The geeks also get lots of toys: Microsoft's $8 billion computer science R&D lab is the world's largest. At a recent executive retreat. Gates said he thought every great businessperson at Microsoft should cultivate at least five close relationships with engineers.
I like him better already :-)