The following is an excerpt from Dave Smith | October 5, 2012 | ibtimes.com |
Steve Jobs was a master, a creative genius and one of the world’s best salesmen, but Apple would not be where it is today were it not for his intense and sometimes polarizing management style. He could be particularly blunt and cruel with people, especially to “bozos” who he thought didn’t know what they were doing, but Jobs’ raw attitude was a reflection of his passion towards products.
Jobs was not a perfect man, or a perfect CEO, but there was no denying his success as a leader. He took Apple Computer from a garage project to a multi-million dollar company with the Apple II and the Macintosh. After he was ousted from his own company in 1985, Jobs turned around two companies that were truly dead in the water and revived them into some of the most successful brands we have today, including Pixar Animation Studios in 1995, and then Apple in 1997.
There is so much to learn from Steve Jobs, especially on the first anniversary of his death. Jobs, who was adopted by two very humble parents after being abandoned as a baby, was an incredibly intelligent, pointed, emotional, and sometimes otherworldly figure. His cruelties aside, Jobs knew how to manage people and get the best out of them. Replicating his style would require hard work, long hours and a specific vision, but you don’t need a black turtleneck and jeans to be a master of your lifestyle like Steve Jobs.
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