"The Zen of Steve Jobs is a brief, creative re-imagining of Jobs’ relationship with the non-traditional San Francisco Zen teacher Kobun Chino Otogawa. It portrays the quirky tech mogul’s attempts to understand simplicity and emptiness and incorporate that Zen insight into building a more profitable computer-making company.
The quasi-fictional story credits Apple’s philosophy of producing only a few types of computers to Jobs’ Zen meditation experience, and it attributes the design of the iPod to a less-is-more, Eastern understanding of the value of empty spaces."
Fifty-seven years ago today, Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California.
If he hadn’t been, none of us would be here. There’d be no Cult of Mac. It wasn’t just Steve Jobs who was born that day, but the iPod. The iPhone. The iPad. The Mac. Apple itself.
Without Steve Jobs, over 45,000 Apple employees would not have a job right now. Hundreds of thousands of jobs in Apple-related IT and product development wouldn’t exist, nor would the app economy that has created over half a million jobs since 2007.
Of course, we’d still have computers, but they’d probably still look like this. And yes, we’d have smartphones, but they would look like this. And we’d even probably still have tablets, but they’d be like this.
.."his home is the most popular stop on a sightseeing circuit of Jobs’ Silicon Valley: The Palo Alto neighborhood where Jobs’ silver Mercedes is still parked, still without a license plate, on a quiet street flanked by majestic old trees and historic homes.
“I wanted to see where the great man lived,” said Anna Bonaccorso, a 63-year-old from Brooklyn, N.Y. She paused furtively to snap a photograph of the house on a recent afternoon before trying to slip away unnoticed."
I am not sure it's inspiring in itself, and Steve Jobs used to protect very carefully his private life in Palo Alto, where the neighbors always respected it.
but it shows how they were inspired by him and the strong bond the founder of Apple managed to created. It definitely looks like some kind of pilgrimage.
"As I was reading the book, something struck me like a hammer: Despite Steve Jobs’ choice of words, lack of empathy, and sometimes prickly demeanor, he spent a huge amount of time giving his most talented employees constant, hard, critical feedback."
This post focuses on a key aspect of a charismatic person : motivating top talent and giving meaningful advices, maybe sometimes hard to hear, making us better. Feedback is a strong human need. And there is nothing wrong about that :
"A constant challenge for leaders is to find effective AND positive ways to motivate. The very best companies have inspirational founders who have found a way to coax the superpowers out of their top employees. When the top quartile contributes at 5x to 10x, it makes a serious difference"
"What Defines Failure? The company that Steve Jobs started in 1985 after being forced out of Apple gives us an insight into his early vision of how technology could influence educational innovation. In 1985 he started NeXT. One of the primary focuses of the company was providing computers for educational purposes. NeXT wasn’t really financially successful. But it may have been ahead of its time. Its influence was substantial in setting the foundation for technology in the classroom and online universityoptions in alternative education. Most people would view this venture as spectacularly underwhelming if not an outright financial failure."
A good read. Steve jobs brought more than technology in the classroom. He implemented a news spirit in Education and created a huge impact. The revolution must be continued.
"The collection holds rare gems such as interviews with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, both of whom discuss some of the rationale behind Apple's name -- Jobs asserts that it was selected to place his company ahead of Atari in the phone book. Originally intended to furnish Apple's corporate museum, the materials were donated to Stanford in 1997 after Steve Jobs' return to the company, which was most concerned with financial survival at the time. According to the university, more than 20 significant collections have been added to the archives in the subsequent years."
Suddenly, I would love to spend few days in the Stanford library...
I already shared a scoop about these archives here. The material seems really fascinating.
“One of the things I’ve always found is that you’ve got to start with the customer experience and work backwards to the technology. You can’t start with the technology and try to figure out where you’re going to try to sell it. I’ve made this mistake probably more than anybody in this room and I’ve got the scar tissue to prove it, and I know that it’s the case. As we have tried to come up with a strategy and a vision for Apple, it started with ‘What incredible benefits can we give to the customer? Where can we take the customer?"
Great read reminding us the Steve Jobs fundamental : his counter culture and curiosity for arts, life in general, were at least as important as technology.
The picture illustrating the article is actually one of my favorite. It resumes Apple's DNA.
For years businesses across the world have attempted to dissect Steve Jobs’ career to figure out what made him so incredibly brilliant and successful. Not only did he change the way we use technology, but he changed movies, music, retail shopping and more. His entrepreneur skills were some of the best the world has seen, which is why Fortune magazine declared Steve Jobs “The Greatest Entrepreneur of Our Time” in their ranking of the top 12 entrepreneurs of recent memory
"There’s no denying that the role Jobs has come to play in the field of innovation-at-large is usually associated with the term “genius”--and I largely agree with this value statement. But I’m interested in how Jobs’s example has shaped our perceptions of where innovation comes from. Are innovation and creativity the material of über-talented individuals working in splendid isolation, or are they the result of a team effort, even when well-orchestrated by a conductor?"
Interesting discussion on the myth of the genius creative person. Steve Jobs has also an amazing talent : hiring and working wtih talented people that make what Apple is today.
In Icons has stopped production on the controversial doll. Tandy Cheung, the Hong Kong businessman behind the doll said in a statement that "though we still believe that we have not overstepped any legal boundaries, we have decided to completely stop the offer, production and sale of the Steve Jobs figurine out of our heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family."
A first-hand tour of the heart and mind of one of our era's greatest visionaries, culled from 30 years of wisdom . We’re not going to be the first to this party, but we’re going to be the best.” ~ Apple event for iPhone OS 4.0, April 8, 2010
Via JackieGerstein Ed.D.
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