As most of you know, I am an Apple convert when it comes to the personal digital experience. We have Macs, iPads, iPods, iTvs, iPhones, and Airports in my house. They work well together, and are as plug and play as you can get. When Amazon’s Kindle store offered the Steve Jobs autobiography, I had to get it.
I finished it a few minutes ago. What a read! Growing up professionally during the Apple/Microsoft wars, I was fascinated and disappointed by what I learned. I am not going to turn this into a eulogy or one of those “Blogging For Dummies” type post (“8 ways Steve Jobs Changed the World” for example). There has been enough of those over the last two months.
The historical view of the Birth, the Destruction, and the Reincarnation of Steve Jobs’ professional career was amazing. If you are in business, you should read the book just for this historical view.
As happens often, while reading this book, I found myself thinking “I have done that.” I could relate to Jobs tendency to focus on his passion first and his family second. As a father and a husband, I often thought about the times I have not been sensitive or supportive to my children or my wife as I should be. I have trusted my intuition in my professional career, and had success and failure.
As I was relating my thoughts on Jobs to my wife, she blurted out “He’s a jerk!”. Later I asked her if she would ever buy another Apple product, and she replied “Oh yea!”. I think that pretty much sums it up: Steve Jobs was a brilliant leader and an ass all at the same time.
If you deal with technology, either in creating or you rely on technology, then read the book.
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