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Saying NO: Steve Jobs style

Saying NO: Steve Jobs style

  • When a request comes to you in person, pause and count to three before delivering your decision.
  • Explain that you are focused on other things right now but would love to get together when you can.
  • Request that you will check your calendar and get back to them. This will give you time to pause and assess your priorities.
  • Use Vacation responders even on days when you are at work, letting the emailers know that you are busy for a few hours doing focussed work.
  • Let your bosses know that doing the assigned task will mean less priority to the other tasks.
  • Clarify exactly what you are willing to do and what you aren't willing.
  • Suggest Someone else who might help the person in a better way.

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  • Delegate to the right person, providing clear instructions.
  • Define outcomes and goalposts.
  • Ask for Clarification and questions.
  • Have the task explained back to you, to minimize miscommunication.

  • Keep learning: Read a book while you are idle, and you can finish 50 books a year.
  • Make a 'To Learn' list, like a new language, or skill.
  • Try to be with intellectual friends.
  • Teach: teaching forces you to look at a concept with a beginner’s mind, providing the clarity...

  • Take a step back before starting. Do you like doing something or do you just like the idea of it being done?
  • Share your progress and test the responses and feedback.
  • A fresh approach and new niche increase the chances of success in your venture.

  • See problems from different angles, forming associations, and links.
  • Shake things up, change random things, and you may get new ideas.
  • Practice every day to form new associations and connections.

  • Write down the end goal.
  • Divide the goal into specific actions you need to take to get there. Think in terms of systems: focussed, routine actions that you can do daily.
  • List all your tasks and rank them according to effort and impact. This makes prioritizing tasks easier.

  • Find out if the problem really exists, and why. This will open a path to alternative ways of solving it.
  • Some problems, which seem complex, often have simple solutions.
  • What is the surest thing in that complex problem? That becomes your First Principle, your starting p...

When preparing and giving presentations:

  • Have a catchy phrase that resonates among all.
  • Get into a story-telling mode, as a good story captivates the audience.
  • Focus on three key points and no more. This is the ideal number that people can retain in their memories.
  • ...

  • The more your knowledge, the better you can predict, plan ahead and respond to problems. Educate yourself and leverage that knowledge towards an optimal result.

  • Consider the relationship between cause and effect in every decision you make, and how each choice impacts t...

  • Don't waste time on non-essential and trivial things.
  • Simply quit worrying about what other people think, and focus on your goal.

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You have to be burning with an idea, or a problem, or a wrong that you want to right. If you're not passionate enough from the start, you'll never stick it out.

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Steve Jobs has always been considered an anomaly in management: his leadership style was something to admire or to criticize, but definitely not to replicate. 

He was navigating a territory that is often obscure to management: the creation of meaning, both for customers and employ...

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Steve Job's effectiveness boiled down to this:

He inspired team members first so that they were driven to live up to his exacting standards when the situation called for it.

Get this equation backwards and you will wonder why  your employees disengage or drop out when you present tough challenges. 

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