THE REAL LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM STEVE JOBS

Walter Isaacson, author of the book about Steve Jobs life recently captured the Key Leadership Lessons from Jobs in a recent Harvard Business Review article.  When he asked Jobs about what was he the most proud….. the answer was not any particular product.  It was Apple the Company!! 

Among the key principles were these items:

  Focus
  Simplify
  Take responsibility end to end
  When behind, leapfrog
  Put products before profits
  ….. plus several more

To read the article  click here  

So, do you focus and simplify the items to prioritize in your firm.   Or do you try to do too many things and lose focus? 

INNOVATION IS ABOUT ARGUING….NOT BRAINSTORMING!!

How to argue productively?  Conduct deliberative discourse. 

Interesting idea.  I noticed this concept in a recent article in Fast Company by Daniel Sobol. 

Here is an excerpt:  

we use deliberative discourse–or what we fondly call “Argue. Discuss. Argue. Discuss.” Deliberative discourse was originally articulated in Aristotle’s Rhetoric. It refers to participative and collaborative (but not critique-free) communication. Multiple positions and views are expressed with a shared understanding that everyone is focused on a common goal. There is no hierarchy. It’s not debate because there are no opposing sides trying to “win.” Rather, it’s about working together to solve a problem and create new ideas.
So we argue. And discuss. And argue. A lot. But our process is far from freeform yelling.

Here are five key rules of engagement that we’ve found to yield fruitful sessions and ultimately lead to meaningful ideas.

  1.  No Hierarchy

  2.  Say No,  because

  3.  Diverse perspectives

  4.  Focus on a common goal

  5.  Keep it fun

Read the full article   here