Who is the next Steve Jobs?

Some journalist and bloggers are looking for the next Steve Jobs. Here is an example.

What a waste of time. There won’t be a new Steve Jobs. Even comparing Jobs with Bezos does not make any sense.

Each CEO or entrepreneur has own unique environment, qualities, history and experiences.

They can not be repeated or replicated. So, stop searching for the next Steve Jobs and start analyzing the what kind of leaders we need now to tackle most urgent challenges.

 

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How to lead like Steve Jobs

One of the most important parts of modern business theory is the necessity for innovation, but there is a slightly different component that is often overlooked, the importance of adaptation. Being dedicated to pushing forward in a variety of directions is a powerful tool of finding new avenues for progress and filling gaps in the consumer market, but being adaptive means taking more precise and surgical approach to product development and company vision. The world is changing, and in response, the business world has had to adapt accordingly. However, the massive wave of innovation and technological leaps often occur so quickly that the market becomes deluged with too many options and promises. A cool, modern leader should have the presence of mind to take their company out of the proverbial rat race and slow things down, following the mantra of quality over quantity.

By focusing on smaller number of products, the short term can look bleak, and most risk assessment teams would advise against slowing down productivity based on a far-fetched dream. The theory of diversification behind umbrella corporations is based primarily on the idea that constant movement is far better than stasis, so spreading assets around to diverse industries will always keep a solid flow of profits coming in. However, for a leader with the confidence and intelligence to lead a dedicated team of innovators on a small number of extremely significant projects that could alter the entire landscape of the modern world, than brief starts and stops in productivity are probably worthwhile.

Take Apple – Steve Jobs, for example, the technology titan that specifically focused their efforts on a small number of products, perfecting and releasing them only when they were far superior to other products on the market. Being a detail-oriented individual is another factor of strong, modern leadership, particularly if you are involved and invested in the creative process. Leaders should not be afraid of getting their hands dirty and being heavily involved in the development, testing, and approval process of their products and services. This may seem “beneath” leaders of the Old Guard of the business world, but this is the sort of personal investment and genuine interest that makes modern leaders so successful, admired, and knowledgeable about the services they offer.

The ancient dichotomy of quantity vs. quality has arguments on both side of the coin, but for a handful of visionary and confident leaders, the choice is clear. By leaping into the future with design concepts that function within the times, a company can change not only the industrial landscape, but also cultural behavior as a whole. That is an important ability, and one that can raise your company to unimaginable heights.

As you can see, being adaptive can be risky, but also hugely rewarding, yet that is only one of a dozen other qualities that define some of today’s most influential and successful business leaders.

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6 interesting Steve Jobs facts

Most people have probably heard of Steve Jobs. He was an innovator, a leader, a marketing genius, and he serves as a model for many wishing to become entrepreneurs. However, there are many things not very known about Steve Jobs, and this article will list some of them:

1. He was a risk-taker

When Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple, they were both pretty sure they’ll fail. After all, Apple was just an idea at the time, one of the many startups struggling to stay afloat. In fact, Wozniak was sure they won’t even get back the money they had invested. Jobs’ answer says it all: “Yeah, we’ll lose our money, but at least we will be able to say we had a company.

2. He valued experience more than education

Steve Jobs was not a good student. He had a GPA of 2.65/4. He didn’t enjoy school much and he dropped out of college after only one semester. However, he did assist some of the classes that interested him for the next 18 months afterwards. He considered that education was important, but that it kept you from gaining practical experience.

3. He did not care much for charitable projects

Steve Jobs cancelled Apple’s charity programs because they weren’t profitable. Of course, they never become profitable, so they were never restarted.

4. He understood the importance of ownership

Steve Jobs had his team’s signatures inscribed on a plate of metal which was then placed inside each Macintosh computer they sold.

5. He paid very close attention to details

Steve Jobs had a team design packaging that would cause excitement to people while opening it. That included people who would open boxes over and over and note the emotional responses they got.

6. He had a 1$ salary for over 10 years

Of course, he wasn’t solely relying on his CEO salary. He owned Apple stocks and a great deal of Disney shares from since he had sold Pixar, plus he would also rent his private jet. Furthermore, his low salary as a CEO meant he paid less to the government in taxes for dividends from his stocks.

 

 

 

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Steve Jobs Leadership Style

Driving change isn’t always easy. Having an innovative new product does not guarantee instant success. Sometimes the introduction of a revolutionary product means the demise of an existing industry. As you can imagine, the established companies within this industry are likely to put up quite a fight against your product reaching the shelves; your success will render the products or services they offer obsolete.

From Steve Jobs I have learned that as a leader, you need to believe in your product and to be aware of the impact it will have on society, other industries, and the world as a whole. If your innovative design could have a beneficial effect on people’s lives, society, or the environment, then you must show determination and tenacity in overcoming any challenges to its acceptance. Many of the most life changing products and greatest technological breakthroughs would never have been possible without the belief of the leaders of the companies responsible for them. There are often many failed attempts before a product is successfully launched on the market. Innovation doesn’t necessarily mean complete originality; often the most successful innovations spring from improving on the ideas of others or succeeding where others have failed.

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New book release: The Art of Hacking

I am glad to share with you my latest book “The Art of Hacking”!

The world as it exists today is barely recognizable as the same world that existed on hundred, or even fifty, years ago. The last century has seen innovation after innovation reshape and revolutionize almost every aspect of human existence. Far from bringing us to an end point – a settled state in which no further innovation is possible – the rate of change has increased exponentially in recent decades. It seems that we a set firmly on a path of endless enhancement. This leads us to ask: where does innovation come from, and how does it happen?

The answer, quite simply, is people. People have ideas. People strive to make their ideas a reality. Through this, people create change. We call these people hackers. A hack is a small change to the recognized way of doing things, which leads to a large-scale increase in efficiency, success, or achievement. Hackers break the rules and change the game. Hackers are the most important members of our society, of any society, as they hold the power to shape the future.

This book celebrates the lives and achievements of some of history’s greatest hackers: from Tim Berners-Lee to Jack Dorsey, from Leonardo da Vinci to Steve Jobs. Learn about who they were and how they functioned. Discover the characteristics that allow hackers to keep pushing forward, innovating, revolutionizing industries and changing the world.

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