When I started writing this story, I was a little bit ethusiastic of sharing something that is really meaningful to me. Something that motivate, inspire and encourage me to flourish my daily routine. What is grateful about getting to know the world is to thrill myself to hear other people’s stories. The success story, the passion that inspires me a lot and the opportunities for me to share my insights and content of this writing about the great achievement of fantastic and outstanding leader.
Leadership is a hot topic. Innovation is even hotter these days. I’ve been very curious about the overlap of these two fascinating subjects to see what happens when examining the values and behaviors of leaders who are responsible for big innovations that shake the marketplace and the world. To truly help people be great, an Innovation Leader must be an example of being great themselves. Otherwise their inspiration attempts lack any real power or energy to cause effect, and they appear to people as hypocrites.
” Innovation distinguishes between a leader and follower”
- Steve Jobs
Who Are Your Heroes? - A Termendous Impact As A Leader
I have chosen the late Steve Jobs as the genuine leader that brings innovation to the top of the world. Steven Paul Jobs was born in San Francisco, California on February 24 1955. His biological parents, unwed college graduates Joanne Simpson and Abdulfattah Jandali, had him adopted by a lower-middle-class couple from south of the Bay Area, Paul and Clara Jobs
Young Steve grew up in a valley of apricot orchards that was already turning into the world center of computer technology: Silicon Valley. It was not uncommon to see engineers fill their garages with all kind of electronic devices in that part of California. Steve Jobs was fascinated by these, and that’s why, in 1969, he met with a computer whiz kid who shared his interests in electronics: Stephen Wozniak — commonly known as Woz. Steve and Woz quickly became friends even though Woz was five years older.
When Steve Jobs reached college age, he decided he would go to Reed College in Oregon. It was an expensive liberal arts college, way too pricey for his modest parents; but they had to keep their promise to Steve’s biological mother, and therefore paid for the tuition. Steve only stayed at Reed for one semester though, after which he dropped out. He then spent a lot of time learning about Eastern mysticism and adopted strange diets, fasting or eating only fruits: it was his hippie period. He even traveled to India with a friend to seek enlightenment at age 19.
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
- Steve Jobs
Steve jobs is one of the most reclusive CEOs on the planet. He is rarely seen in public, most Apple employees have never met him personally, he avoids regular appearances in the media, and he has created such a guarded compound at Apple headquarters that you’d think you had crossed the demilitarized zone into North Korea. Nevertheless, Jobs has had plenty to say since high school when he first met Steve Wozniak and began bulding computers in a bedroom of his parent’s house.
Jobs has spearheaded the development of some of the sexiest products on the planet such as iMacs, iPhones, iPods and most recently iPad. However the greatest momentum for Apple came from an unexpected source is the iPod. iPod was an integral part of the digital hub strategy. It was started in early 2001, when Steve Jobs realized that he had misplaced his enthusiasm for “desktop video”, i.e. the ability to edit movies on the computer — which was still far from mainstream. What was really hot at the turn of the century was not movies but digital music, as exemplified by the success of Napster. He focused on catching up and bought an outside hardware developer to work on Apple’s own MP3 player, which was brought to market in record time, just in time for 2001’s holiday season.
It’s amazing how many laptops and desktops today mimic the look and feel of Macbooks and iMacs. Without Steve Jobs, the world would be a less colorful place. The man is a living legend and deserves his place in history.
“Quality is more important than quantity. One home run is much better than two doubles.”
I once heard that only 3 percent of people are commited to designing life of their dreams. That sounds about right. Most people spend more time planning grocery lists than thinking about their future. Still, maybe the economy recession that occurred has acted as a wake-up call, reminding people that they need to take control over their lives instead of leaving their futures in the control of others who may not have their best interest in mind. Young people are looking for guidance, and many are looking to Steve Jobs. He is the real “hero” for teenagers that leading one to select his achievement and making a difference as references of success. It is possible to replicate the Steve Jobs experience in our business, career, life and to discover principle of innovation to inspire personal attitude.
“My job is not to be easy on people. My jobs is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.”
- Steve Jobs
Leader - Great Ideas From Organisation
Jobs was someone who took other people’s ideas and changed them. But he did not like it when the same thing was done to him. In his mind, what he did was special. Jobs persuaded the head of Pepsi-Cola, John Sculley, to join Apple as C.E.O., in 1983, by asking him, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water, or do you want a chance to change the world?” When Jobs approached Isaacson to write his biography, Isaacson first thought that Jobs had noticed that his two previous books were on Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, and that he “saw himself as the natural successor in that sequence.” The architecture of Apple software was always closed. Jobs did not want the iPhone and the iPod and the iPad to be opened up and fiddled with, because in his eyes they were perfect. The greatest tweaker of his generation did not care to be tweaked.
”You can tell a lot about a person by who his or her heroes are,” Jobs said, explaining the famous ”Think Different” television ad, which featured such notable innovators. The ad campaigm debuted on 28 September 1997, less than a year after Jobs’s dramatic return to Apple following an eleven-year absence. The Apple brand was tarnished and Jobs’s primary role was to revitalize Apple’s image. Once Jobs approved the ad campaign, he did not sit on the sidelines as a passive observer. He immersed himself in every aspect of the campaign, reviewing the artwork every day. Jobs was also instrumental in getting permissions, picking up the phone himself to talk to Yoko Ono or the estate of Albert Einstein. His ideas and post-action of the idea were really meaningful to his organisation and then become platform of success.
The Mistake of Leaders – The Troubles of Steve Jobs
This reputation Steve earned since his very first years at Apple. As early as 1981, Macintosh project founder Jef Raskin wrote a note to Apple president Mike Scott complaining about the chairman of the board-enfant terrible that seemed to grow an interest in his pet project. It said:
Jobs regularly misses appointments
He acts without thinking and with bad judgement
He does not give credit where due
Jobs often reacts ad hominem
He makes absurd and wasteful decisions by trying to be paternal
He interrupts and doesn’t listen
He does not keep promises or meet commitments
He makes decisions ex cathedra
Jobs is often irresponsible and inconsiderate
There are indeed several accounts of Steve getting angry at random employees and firing them on the spot for trivial reasons. Such famous (and likely exaggerated) examples are: Steve firing an employee in the elevator at Apple, firing an assistant for having brought him the wrong brand of mineral water, or calling a prospective employee a virgin (this particular example appears in the movie Pirates of Silicon Valley).
Steve’s bad temper has notoriously caused him to break important business relationships. He fired Raskin after he learned about the note. He had Pixar co-founder Alvy Ray Smith leave the company after they had a loud argument which involved Alvy mocking Steve’s NeXT and Steve deriding Alvy’s Southwestern accent. And he trashed an IBM contract crucial to NeXT’s future because he declared he wouldn’t sign anything more than ten pages long.
Innovation Secrets : Resources To Become Better Leader
One thing that make Steve Jobs differ from any other leader is the innovation that he had created. Whether or not you own an Apple product, you can benefit from the gift that Steve Jobs has given to the world. Many business leaders, entrepreneurs, and former Apple employees have discovered the secrets and applied them to achieve breakthrough success. The seven principle that will force the thought towards achieving success in career, company, customers and products appear in this order:
Principle 1 : ”Do What You Love.” Steve Jobs has followed his heart his entire life, and that, he says, has made all the difference.
Principle 2 : ”Put a Dent in the Universe.” Steve Jobs attracts like-minded people who share his vision and who help turn his ideas into world-changing innovation. Principle 3 : ”Kick-Start Your Brain.” Innovation does not exist without creativity, and for Steve Jobs, creativity is the act of connecting things. Jobs believes that a broad set of experiences broadens our understanding of the human experience.
Principle 4 : ”Sell Dreams, Not Products.” To Jobs, people who buy Apple products are not customers. They are people with dreams, hopes and ambitions. Jobs build products to help them fulfill their dreams.
Principle 5 : ”Say No to 1,000 Things.” Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, according to Jobs.
Principle 6 : ”Create Insanely Great Experiences.” Jobs has made Apple Stores the gold standard in customer service.
Principle 7 : ”Master the Message.” Job is the world’s preeminent corporate storyteller, turning product launches into an art form.
Rest In Peace (5 October 2011) – The Continuty of Succesful Leader
“Death is very likely the single best invention of life.”
- Steve Jobs
When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away, Apple immediately paid its own tribute to its talismanic leader by posting a memorial page on its website, also asking those that wanted to pay their respects to email a specially created email address with their thoughts and tributes to Jobs.
In the weeks that have passed since Jobs’ death Apple has received over one million tributes to its Remembering Steve email address, taking them and posting them on its Steve Jobs website page for visitors to read.
Over a million people from all over the world have shared their memories, thoughts, and feelings about Steve. One thing they all have in common — from personal friends to colleagues to owners of Apple products — is how they’ve been touched by his passion and creativity.
Jobs's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of him.
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Publisher : McGraw Hill
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3. I, Steve : Steve Jobs in His Own Words
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4. The Steve Jobs Way : iLeadership for a New Generation
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5. Steve Jobs : The Greatest Second Act In The History Of Business
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