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Steve Jobs: Ten Lessons in Leadership [Kindle Edition]

Michael Essany
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"Steve Jobs: Ten Lessons in Leadership" is the work of national bestselling author and veteran tech news reporter Michael Essany.

On October 5th, 2011, the world lost one of its greatest innovators, inventors, and inspired artists - Apple co-founder and tech visionary Steve Jobs. But as the world mourned the loss, it also collectively opened its eyes to the extraordinary wisdom imparted from his 56 years.

Within three weeks of his passing, the official Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson was published. But since then, more details of Steve Jobs' personal and professional lives have emerged.

The following work presents the philosophies and values preached and practiced by Jobs throughout his career, though only some have been well-known until now. These are the ten lessons in leadership as exemplified by the incomparable life and legacy of Steve Jobs.

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Lesson 2: The Details Don't Matter... At First

In January 2012, Bob Borchers - a former iPhone product marketing engineer for Apple - revealed that which was not widely known about Steve Jobs. The Apple chief's original challenge to the team was not to design a cutting edge smartphone with myriad bells and whistles. Jobs wanted his team to create a device that consumers - once in possession of it - could never imagine a time in which they no longer owned one.

"What's interesting is that the challenge Steve laid out for us when we created the iPhone wasn't to make a touch-screen device that would play apps and do all of this stuff," Borchers revealed. "His [charge] was simple. He wanted to create the first phone that people would fall in love with. That's what he told us."

As difficult as it may be to fathom today, Steve Jobs said nothing of apps, GPS, video or photography, or voice integration when he spoke of the first iPhone. The only specifics Jobs outlined were that the device must be the best iPod produced to date and also something that enables users to carry ‘the internet in their pocket.’

"Now if you're an engineer, like I am by training, you're like 'what the heck does that mean?'" Borchers reflects. "But he was right. The idea was that he wanted to create something that was so instrumental and integrated in peoples' lives that you'd rather leave your wallet at home than your iPhone."

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  • File Size: 124 KB
  • Print Length: 42 pages
  • Publisher: New Beginnings (February 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078VZKD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Leadership? May 12, 2012
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The book is an excellent recount of some major achievements by a much admired man. Lessons in Leadership though, I don't think so. Perhaps a better title for the book would have been "Ten game changing moves by Steve Jobs".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Material March 18, 2012
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There are a few nuggets of good information in this short read, but if you truly want to learn about the Leadership style of Steve Jobs purchase the book written by Walter Isaacson. So much can be learned about Leadership, good and bad, by diving into Job's life and this book does not do it justice. I am not really sure I would even classify each of the 10 lessons outlined in this book as being areas of true Leadership.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The book 'Steve Job: Ten Lessons in Leadership' by Michael Essany starts with a disclaimer that the leadership ideas or lessons in the book were not endorsed by Steve Jobs, but are the result of analysis of Steve Job's interviews and writings. The book itself was published after Steve's passing in October 2011. This inspiring book, though short, contains leadership lessons derived from the values and philosophy embodied by Steve Job's life. Steve Job's passion for technology right from early ages, drove him to wait for nothing and to wait for no one. With a restless spirit, impatient and eager to achieve, he never moved with the normal flow of the crowd. At 12 years of age, he calls up Bill Hewlett, co-founder of HP to find out how to get the parts to make a frequency counter. The innovations that he introduced with the iPhone, iPad and the iMac were revolutionary in nature in technology and computing.
He was a perfectionist who demanded excellence and focused on details. But he would start with an idea or concept and a vision and then details just fell in line. Focusing on the vision and the big picture and not on the details first, was one of his great leadership lessons.
Steve had more failures than successes and he was not afraid to fail and fail big. He rose up like a phoenix, after one of the greatest catastrophes in his life--being fired from his own company. For him 'failure is an option, but not learning from failures is not an option.' He converted his biggest failures into successes. But one of the greatest mistakes that he made was concerning his health and dealing with his cancer to which he ultimately succumbed at the young age of 56. He distrusted or disregarded experts. The lesson learnt is to limit your expertise to your field.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful September 25, 2013
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Very informative. The leadership lessons are timely and it sums up the key elements in a methodical manner. Thank you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Succinct overview May 24, 2013
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A handy distillation of some of the many lessons we can learn from Steve Job's incredible management style, and his views on leading a company. A worthwhile reference that lends itself to frequent refresher visits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The legend lives through this book April 27, 2013
By ryry1
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Short, but accurate, Ten Lessons in Leadership explores the practices of Steve Jobs, the man behind Apple.

Readers can expect to take a bit of what Steve Jobs used in his own business to take them and/or their business to the next level. I personal appreciate the short-cut style mindset Steve had at times and how the book displays how easy it is for ANYONE to adapt this mindset to their own circumstances.

5/5 stars for innovative display into the behind the scenes of a mastermind and how others can become more like him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, practical and yet profund July 10, 2014
By Eli
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Although Steve Jobs has been gone for over 2 years now his life and most importantly his leadership legacy and principles still live on. He's still the force that continues to inspire the young and the old alike. Highly recommend this book for anyone looking to gain a few tips on living to the fullest while making a "dent in the universe" in our own way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One more thing before you go... June 18, 2014
By James
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Stay hungry, stay foolish. Words from the back of the final issue of The Whole Earth Catalog. Words that Steve Jobs shared with the graduating class of Stanford, that ultimately spoke to who he was. This is a quick read that anyone at any level of leadership, from team leader to CEO, should read. The lessons that are imparted by following the visionary that brought us the iPhone, the iPad, and the iMac, I think are lessons that would make us a better us.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very good book
Steve Jobs what a visionary. He was dedicated and committed to everything he put his mind to. Long May his legacy last.
Published 13 days ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars love the way he thinks
I find Steve Job to be very motivational and i love how his words open my eyes.
Published 21 days ago by Denver1925
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading
This is not well-written - quite repetitive and not helpful in terms of leadership advice. Sheesh. I don't recommend this read.
Published 3 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars I like other peoples perspective
It was very interesting to hear from people who were around Steve Jobs during his personal and professional career giving their perspective
Published 3 months ago by Christopher Wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlighting
Very good. Quick read. Gives you some thing's to think about. Different concept to management and leadership. Steve had a great mind.
Published 5 months ago by pmh
2.0 out of 5 stars Leadership? - Anecdotal at best.
The premise of this books seems to be that if someone is successful and in a position of power they are a leader. Read more
Published 5 months ago by STOAK
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 awesome lessons
This is a great book full of inspiring nuggets of gold to motivate and move you forward. Touching the spirit within.
Published 7 months ago by Tina Del Buono
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Inspiring
A great leader and visionary!
If you are in a leadership position... Take these ten lessons to heart! Make these ten lessons change the way you lead. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Michael B
4.0 out of 5 stars Steve Jobs: Ten Lessons in Leadership
I had to talk about Steve Jobs as a leader for one of my business management classes, since I picked this book, and specifically Steve Jobs as my topic of discussion. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rhonda
3.0 out of 5 stars decent
I honestly was expecting more. But this is a quick and easy read that had some decent quotes in it.
Published 8 months ago by Christina
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More About the Author

Michael Essany is a former E! Entertainment Television host and producer widely recognizable for his appearances on Oprah, The Tonight Show, Access Hollywood, Today, ET, and Inside Edition.

Michael is also a bestselling author, columnist, and blogger whose work and accomplishments have been featured in the pages of Time, People, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, Details, Maxim, and TV Guide.

Michael graduated Magna cum Laude from Valparaiso University in 2005 with a BA in Political Science. That same year, A&E Biography recognized Michael's work and inspirational achievements by naming him to their list of "America's Most Remarkable People."

Since 2008, Michael Essany has served as Vice President of Indiana Grain Company. Michael, his wife Christa, and their daughter Gianna reside just outside of Chicago, Illinois.

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