Remembering Steve Jobs – Balancing the push/pull of user requirements

Whether creating a $100M fighter jet, the latest web technology, or the next flavor of ‘YourTown’ Cupcakes – the endless loop of listening to customers and the marketplace vs. envisioning the possibilities that people haven’t thought of yet seems to mire so many projects and organizations.

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Remembering Steve Jobs – Leading through vision as theater

Stories abound on the internet on Jobs as the Showman, the uncompromising visionary, and the “oversees every detail” obsessive.  There will go on to be volumes (or dare I say, gigabytes,) written about his leadership style, including mostly great reviews, along with many not so positive ones, evaluating his style and personality.

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Remembering Steve Jobs’ Inspiration

Wow….My wife and I were at a wonderful restaurant in a private room with 8 great friends and business associates in Charleston, SC when the news of Steve Jobs death came across my phone.  Everyone at the table had their devices out reading the news.  Nine out of ten of the devices at the table were Apple products or inspired by Apple products and the 313 patents and thousands of innovations Mr. Jobs inspired during his too short life.  To quote the President, “Steve Jobs put the internet in our pocket” – and with it, the gateway to most human knowledge and connectivity in something that costs about the same as a nice pair of shoes or a good bottle of wine.  I think of four things that stay with me and I think will stay with me for the rest of my life as loyal member of the apple community, which will be forthcoming in subsequent posts.