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    Steve Jobs: History and Background

    Steven Paul, was an orphan adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs of Mountain View, California in

    February 1955. Soon after the family moved to Los Altos, California where teachers remember

    Steve Jobs as a "loner" and "always had a different way of looking at things". Jobs attended

    lectures at the Hewlett-Packard electronics firm in Palo Alto, California, where he was soon

    hired as a summer employee. While working there as a summer intern, Jobs met Stephen


    In 1972 Jobs graduated high school and started taking philosophy classes at Reed College in

    Portland. In 1974 Jobs took a job as a video game designer at Atari, Inc., where he saved enough

    money to adventure on a trip to India. He travelled to India in search of spiritual enlightenment.

    When he returned to California, he began attending meeting of Wozniak's "Homebrew

    Computer Club". Job's was not interested in creating electronics and was nowhere near as good

    an engineer as Wozniak, but he had his eye on marketability of electronic products and

    persuaded Wozniak to work with him toward building a personal computer.

    Jobs and Wozniak designed the Apple I computer in Job's bedroom and they built the prototype

    in the Job's garage. Jobs showed their inventions to a local electronics equipment retailer, who

    ordered twenty-five computers. Jobs and Wozniak envisioned starting a computer company

    that would produce and sell computers. Together they raised $1,300 to start their company.

    Jobs came up with the name of their new company Apple in memory of a happy summer he

    had spent as an orchard worker in Oregon.

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    Self - Leadership

    Steve Jobs was a Self-leader; fully aware of his strengths and unapologetically used them to

    pursue his vision. He was often compared to a modern day Thomas Edison and I think you

    could also compare him to Galileo who similarly challenged authority and gave us a new way

    of looking at science rather than hanging on to outdated models.

    Steve Jobs will be missed for sure, but what can the rest

    of us learn from his leadership style? Should we all just

    trust our gut and say, to hell with what other people think?

    Firstly I think that if we know our strengths and work

    on developing them we should not be shy about letting

    people know what we are talented at. As the great Will

    Rogers said, If youve done it, it isnt bragging.

    Secondly we must realize that although we strongly

    associate Steve with Apple, Apple is more than Steve.

    Steve was smart enough to attract and retain good

    people around him to get the job done. Yes he was a

    charismatic leader but he was not a loner.

    When we witness genius, such as that which Steve embodied, we might surmise that we could

    never be like him, but perhaps you can throw red paint balls in your life? Collaboration is great

    but not when it leads to procrastination or second rate solutions, so look for an opportunity to

    lead, to make a difference and to live your legacy because nothing feels as good as being able to say, I did that.

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    Leadership Qualities from Steve Jobs

    Focus: One of the greatest qualities of a leader is to focus on what is important for the business.

    As in the case of Steve Jobs, he had the ability to cut back on what was not integral to Apples products, be it marketing, services, and packaging including the keypad structure / buttons on

    these devices

    Ability to simplify: Any solution is obtained only if the complexity of a problem is split into

    simpler tasks. Each task accomplished will lead the way to the final big solution of the problem.

    Apples devices and software were simplified for the consumer. Jobs routine task of asking his workforce to identify companies with complicated products and services, which were ripe for disruption helped him create a benchmark of simplicity for Apples products.

    Excellence: Even during the days, when Apple and Windows were fierce rivals, Macintosh

    operating system was over and above the competition, because of Jobs emphasis on excellence. What set Apple apart was that they never settled down for the good enough factor?

    Charging ahead of competition: Steve Jobs never believed in racing towards competition,

    rather he insisted on charging ahead of competition and creating a new milestone, which others

    would have never even dreamt of reaching. For instance, the iPod and iTunes were an answer

    to the CD-burning trend present in the windows and other operating systems.

    Products before profits: Apples philosophy was always centred on building great products and services. Profits came in only later. This was because Steve jobs conviction was that great

    products will inevitably garner good profits.

    Engage in face-to-face interaction, always: Despite the technology-connectivity helping

    people to collaborate through emails, video conferencing and other channels, Jobs preferred to

    and emphasized on face-to-face interactions. There is undeniably a greater deal of collaborative

    thinking in a real-time set-up compared to virtual scenarios.

    Beyond the boundaries of reality: A broadening vision: Think beyond the possible and even the impossible can be accomplished was the innate driving force of Steve Jobs pioneering endeavours.

    Studying the bigger picture and attending to minute details: Steve jobs vision always encompassed the bigger picture to look beyond the immediate goal but at the same time, he

    also ensured that the minute details contributing to the larger picture were always honed to


    Combining humanities and the sciences: The incredibly intuitive interfaces of Apple

    products, do not point towards technical expertise only. The creativity, which spurns out of

    every Apple device, is the combination of humanities and science talent behind it.

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    Stay hungry and stay foolish: The very famous coinage from Steve jobs, which has become

    a trademark catchphrase of Apple, probably attributes to his epitomizing leadership qualities.

    The phrase connotes Jobs relentless pursuit to perfection, the hunger to do something different and the all possible means and modes to satiate that hunger.

    Traits, Skills & Creativity

    Jobs was different from many other corporate leaders in that he always knew what he wanted.

    When he returned to Apple after his decade-long banishment starting in the mid-80s, the company was on the verge of bankruptcy. He actually wrote some of the better lines of the

    famous Think Different manifesto ad that helped refocus the company and bring it back from the brink, and even got personally involved in the editing of the finished spot (see the rare

    Jobs-narrated tribute commercial, below). The bar was always raised very high for his team,

    almost preternaturally. This tyranny of unreasonableness in demanding of those around him to

    leap above and beyond what they assumed was only just possible, was a reflection of his

    complete belief, almost a religious devotion, in explosive inspiration over process.

    Jobs travelled around India in the mid-1970s for 7

    months, and in the process discovered Zen. It

    influenced his thinking, and instilled in him a

    confidence to trust in his intuition when it comes to

    making decisions. He famously said, You cant ask customers what they want and then give it to them.

    By the time you get it built, theyll want something new. Creative leadership is also about anticipating needs, and the confidence to rely on intuition to

    complement market and consumer understanding

    Lastly, to Jobs, design was never for its own sake, but for something greater the shaping of experiences. He thought as marketer but also as a consumer. And, from that vantage point, he

    understood how to simplify design and make devices part of our everyday experience, thereby

    enabling people more enjoyment of their complicated lives. He believed in simplicity as a

    means of engaging people and letting them feel close to something as overwhelming as

    technology. In an interview to Business Week in 1998 he said,

    Thats been one of my mantras simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to

    make it simple. But its worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.

    For Jobs creativity was about knowing what you want, applying intuition, and keeping it

    simple. And maybe his genius is in how deceptively uncomplicated it seems. Yet at the end his

    approach to creative leadership required raising the bar remarkably high, inspiring others to do

    the impossible, and an almost unwavering ability to focus.

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    The Steve Jobs Approach To Teamwork

    In November 2000, Jobs purchased an abandoned Del Monte canning factory on sixteen acres

    in Emeryille, just north of Oakland. The original architectural plan called for three buildings,

    with separate offices for the computer scientists, animators and Pixar executives. Jobs

    immediately s