Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs
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Lessons Learned from Steve Jobs
by: Drew Stevens
Steve Jobs the influential and well respected leader of Apple has passed but
his passing leaves many lessons for all.
- Vision – having a purpose is what life is all about. Live your life with
purpose and intentions.
- Passion – Mr. Jobs love building computers and creating new things more than he
loved life. When people told him no he kept pushing. Always move forward and
stand up for what you believe in, never take no for answer.
- Creativity – Creativity sparks innovation. Our great country was formed from the
innovative talents of the Fords, Columbus’s, Lincoln’s, Franklins and others of
the world. Mr. Jobs saw the future and he paved the way for others such as Zuckerberg and Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Use your creativity wisely.
- Live your purpose - When told no he marched forward. When terminated he only saw
bumps. Live each day with purpose, direction and desire.
- Excellence – Mr. Jobs was on an endless quest to make every product perfect.
While success and perfection are hard to achieve always seek to be the best you
can be. Be the best you can be each and every day.
- Communicate with others – Great people communicate up and down the ladder. Great
people always seek mentors and mentors always seek feedback. Communication is
good, communication is necessary, and communication is understanding and
- Connectivity – This is not technical connectivity but great people always seek
out to build out great communities. Apple continually does well because they
engage with customers to build the community allure.
- Inspire others – Working as he did, sharing his vision and mission helped to
inspire all people around him. All great leaders in history provide inspiration
in their thoughts and in their passion. Inspiration builds the collaboration
needed to incite great teamwork.
- Skip too much research and get close to clients – Mr. Jobs had a knack for
knowing what customers wanted. He knew that remaining close to clients helped to
acquire and retain. Skip the crap on profits and productivity.
- Focus on your
number one asset – customers. Meet with them, speak with them and focus on them
stop the rote research that tends to lead to indecision.
- Take risk – One amazing concept of Mr. Jobs was his relentless pursuit to take
risks. When he as fired from Apple he began the computer company NeXt. He helped
build Pixar and started a new way of animation the world had not seen. He built
a small homogenous device for music when music downloading and during a
recession. And continued to build devices when the world was stuck on “crack
berry” and notebooks. He said, try it, do it the heck with what they think.
Sometimes we get in our own way because of our comfort zone – Mr. Jobs had none.
© 2011. Drew J Stevens PhD. All rights reserved.
Drew Stevens Ph.D. President of
Stevens Consulting Group is
one of those very rare
sales management and business development experts with not only 28 years of
true sales experience but advanced degrees in sales productivity. Not many can
make such as claim. Drew works with sales managers and their direct reports to
create more customer centric relationships that dramatically drive new revenues
and new clients. He is the author of
Split Second Selling and the founder and coordinator of the
Sales Leadership Program at Saint
Louis University. Contact him today at 877-391-6821.
Published here on: 13-Nov-11