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Steve Jobs: Ten Lessons in Leadership [Kindle Edition]

Michael Essany
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Book Description

"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.


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."


Product Details

  • 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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,368 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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 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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I took this book and did a comparison to the NewVision for PUblic Education in Texas. Education is a business and I feel the ten leadership strategies highlighted in Steve Jobs Ten Lessons in Leadership pointed out the importance of being real.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating quick read September 11, 2013
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I learned a few things about Steve I had never even heard before. It was quick and very interesting. Would definitely recommend it if you are a Jobs fan - or even if you aren't.
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4.0 out of 5 stars quick easy take aways from Steve Jobs life November 18, 2012
By Kara M
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This is a good book to read first if you aren't sure you want to invest time in the full biography. Does well pulling out key lessons from his life and leadership.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you, Jobs.
Published 8 days ago by TEN
2.0 out of 5 stars Not his best work .
Wasn't really written well kind of boring to read.
Published 12 days ago by Jeffrey Landuyt
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it but too short
As a CEO and founder of a successful consumer product company...I could relate to much of the ten lessons outlined. Read more
Published 2 months ago by the rainman
5.0 out of 5 stars Leslie
This book was truly inspiring. It touches every aspect of leadership wrapped up in life's lessons. It is pure sorrow that he is no longer on this earth, but he left a legacy to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Leslie
3.0 out of 5 stars Average leadership resource
Short, to the point.
Nothing mind-bending here!
Some good leadership principles, most of which you've heard somewhere before. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Journey K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book!
Some good deeds and strategics adopted by Steve Jobs (ever told) are unveiled in this book
Published 4 months ago by wgim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intervator
Steve jobs was a creator who thought outside the box

He created great products and lead by a positive work ethic
Published 5 months ago by joseph amodio
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
It was a look at one of the most complex leaders of the modern era in tech and business. It is well worth the time to read it.
Published 6 months ago by ragreser
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 8 months 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 8 months ago by Denver1925
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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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