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How you do you become and “learning maniac” who is determined to keep learning as fast as the world is changing?

WD-40 created a culture of learning that transformed the organization and the brand from a one-trick pony and a no-growth stock to a global juggernaut with a market value of $1.5 billion.


Alan M. Webber and I created Fast Company because—well, because we had an awful lot of things to say and a magazine gives you a big platform to speak your mind. More...

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Bill has written for several newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian UK, The New York Times, and currently writes for Harvard Business Review. Read Bill’s HBR Articles...

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Bill Taylor has a passion for the ideas and practices that are reshaping how organizations compete. His talks inspire individuals who change the game at their companies. More...

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About Bill

Bill Taylor is a writer, a speaker, and entrepreneur who has shaped the global conversation about the best ways to compete, innovate, and succeed. He is the cofounder and founding editor of Fast Company.

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Bill’s Articles for Harvard Business Review

September 16th, 2016

How WD-40 Created a Learning-Obsessed Company Culture

And helped the cult product go global.

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August 11th, 2016

There’s No Such Thing As an Average Business, Just Average Ways to Do Business

Take it from Florida’s most beautiful parking garage.

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May 3rd, 2016

Write a Failure Résumé to Learn What Makes You Succeed

It works for companies as well as individuals.

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April 11th, 2016

The Best Entrepreneurs Are Missionaries, Not Mercenaries

Ask three questions to figure out which one you are.

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March 21st, 2016

Companies Can’t Be Great Unless They’ve Almost Failed

What the best-performing stocks of the last 30 years have in common.

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January 26th, 2016

How One Fast-Food Chain Keeps Its Turnover Rates Absurdly Low

Hire for attitude, and train (a lot) for skill.

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June 9th, 2015

Why You Should Read Your Memo Out Loud

Bill Taylor, founding editor of Fast Company, offers tips for making your writing more memorable.

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March 10th, 2015

Fix Their Problem, Win the Deal

Bill Taylor, founding editor of Fast Company, shares an important lesson for aspiring entrepreneurs: your proposal won’t win or lose strictly on the merits of your idea; it has to solve a problem for the other party.

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