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5 Surprising Insights About Steve Jobs's Management Style

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5 Surprising Insights About Steve Jobs's Management Style
"Kind. Patient. Human. The Steve you didn't know." Those are the words accompanying a portrait of the late Apple cofounder on the cover of this month's issue of Fast Company, which features an exclusive excerpt from Becoming Steve Jobs , a new biography by longtime Valley reporter Brent Schlender (who came to know Jobs intimately over the 25 years he spent covering Apple) and Fast Company executive editor Rick Tetzeli.

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Insights on Steve Jobs's Management Style

Insights on Steve Jobs's Management Style
  • He became more patient over his careerHe learned not to rush things that needed more work. He learned how to be more sensitive to the physical limits of people.
  • He overprepared for Apple presentations: Steve spent months preparing for his product intros and other public appearances, and rehearsed them exhaustively.
  • He helped employees In unexpected ways: after he got sick, helped several Apple employees and friends when they or their loved ones developed cancer.
  • He wanted to change the world: Steve was motivated more than anything to feel he had made a solid and positive impact on the world during his lifetime.
  • He didn't care what the public thought of him. At times, he was surprised to have hurt someone's feelings

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Don't Try To Imitate Steve Jobs' Management Style

A lot of people look at Jobs and think being headstrong is the way to go, but they haven’t understood the subtleties of his management skills.

Being headstrong worked for Steve. But that’s no reason it should work for someone else without also understanding the subtleties of his management skills.

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