One of the most admirable technology innovators is the late Steve Jobs, former CEO and founder of Apple. From the moment he grasped the world, Jobs lived his life to change the world. From the Macintosh to iPods, iPhones, and iPads – Jobs has left a mark that virtually recognized him as the “Father of Modern Technology”.
Yet how different really is Steve Jobs?
CLOTHING STYLE. Jobs normally wore black turtlenecks, a sign that he wants to be unique without harming his image but enhancing it further as a creative mind. See, if you look around, most if not all executives generally wear coats-and-ties which is what the business world dictates as the standard for the business approach.
Well, are clothes outside suits not worthy of being taken seriously? Certainly not unless your clothes has some tears, indecent, funky or looks dirty, more so, matched even with ear piercings and a colorful hair.
One has to bear in mind though to dress for the future, just do not overdo it. Dress according to how you want to be perceived, on what you want to be in the future.
BUSINESS MODEL: Beatles. The philosophy here is something like that of sports mainly because of Jobs’ emphasis on teamwork. Of how members keep each other in check thereby creating amazing results. And of how he envisions great things as a product of people working hand-in-hand.
Indeed, the bigger the business, the more people are involved – the greater the need for coordination, communication, and cooperation. And for only then would business produce good music.
MANAGEMENT STYLE. First, Jobs is known to be a “demanding perfectionist” as in he’d do what it takes to lead, to start trends instead of just improving on others’ products. Because of this, you can just imagine the added pressure of working with Jobs.
Now, this is okay to emulate provided that you support and empower your people; and make room for experimentation and mistakes. Most of all, you should also recognize that even at your best which is what things should always be – you can not totally control everything.
Second, of Jobs having a “changeable mind”. Wait, without fully understanding a situation – you could mistakenly equate that people with such a mentality as people that runs shaky businesses.
Then again, the world is about “change”; hence, it’s more of simply knowing what, when, and how to change – to lead, to grow, to sustain.
That’s the mark of a true Visionary.
What’s your take?