March 19, 2016

Lead like Steve Jobs

The impression that Steve Jobs gave us is that he is autocratic and very demanding. That might be part of him as a person but Apple, which he put heart and sweat on for his whole life, is an extraordinarily collabrative company with no comittees at all. He was proud of it whenever he talks about it: they organize like a start-up, a very big start-up on the planet. There is a tremendous teamwork at tht top of the company which filters down to tremendous teamwork throughout the company. Teamwork is carried out through trusting other colleagues to perform their job without watching them all the time and Apple do it really well. Steve Jobs said his role everyday is to talk to different teams, brainstorm new product ideas and new marketing campaigns; facilitate and create arguements he didnt always win and foster innovations. He understands deeply that if you want brilliant peole work for you, you have to give them space to speak out; you have to be won by ideas not hiarachy.

Innovation is a collaborative result and can never stand alone, it often comes from discussion and arguement. Leadership is to provide the space for discussion and voice to be heard and valued. Leadership is a verb, not a noun. It is sets of actions that always on process. Leading innovation is another key element for sustainable organization growth.

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