Steve jobs- Would you consider working with him? because he is brutally direct.Assess Steve Jobs Leadership Style using the planning, organizing, leading and control functions and innovation as...

Steve jobs- Would you consider working with him? because he is brutally direct.

Assess Steve Jobs Leadership Style using the planning, organizing, leading and control functions and innovation as a basis. His innovation as CEO of Apple created new tools for organizations

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Personally, I found the experience of reading his biography extremely disillusioning. His behavior often seemed immoral, as even his partner Steve Wozniak had to admit. I suspect that some of the comments of his associates would have been even more negative if they hadn't realized, at the time they were interviewed, that he was dying of cancer.  He doesn't seem to have established any prominent foundation to do good with his money, as Bill Gates has done. I admired Jobs, but reading the biography was not an uplifting experience.

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I can imagine that working for Steve Jobs would have been an unsettling experience. I would certainly make sure that everything I did was to the highest standard with him! At the same time, however, I can imagine that you would learn masses through working under such a visionary man, even though he was so demanding and honest. To work in business you have to be thick-skinned, and this is something that means you take criticism and pick yourself up off the ground and keep on going.

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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It's hard for me not to take criticisms personally. However, I would think it would be an amazing opportunity to simply watch and learn. Steve Jobs was obviously a brilliant man, but he was also a hard worker, a visionary and a man not afraid to think outside of the box and pursue his dreams. I would think one could have learned so much from Steve Jobs. And as with anything, you take away what you want from an experience—what you believe will make you a better person—and leave the rest behind. You learn from every experience.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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I think it would have been facinating to be there when his visions came to being, but I don't know that I could say that in that moment -- I can only say it in hindsight. For example: Steve Jobs says "I see the little piece of metal about the size of credit card with a wheel/circle thingy on the front of it. A person could store his entire music library on it -- and I mean thousands of songs. The circle thing will control the device." If I was standing there I would have thought he was crazy, but how cool to be there in the audience when he displayed how the thing worked to a rapt audience of tech wizards who realized they were truly blown away!

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mlsiasebs | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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After reading his biography, I think his tendency to recreate scenarios in his head the way he wanted to see them would drive me crazy.  While his management style pushed people to work hard and create elegant products, his disconnection with reality sometimes led to innovations at work but I think would be difficult in a personal relationship.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I agree with post 5. Jobs's abrasiveness and his genius were not, I think, necessarily mutually dependent. On the one hand, I appreciate an honest, up-front managerial style especially if it is backed up by a man as supremely competent as Steve Jobs. On the other, it ought to be tempered by humanity, and that can be an issue for some.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I tend to believe that Apple succeded because of Jobs's ideas, not because of his style.  I think that that type of management style is often used by people who are simply arrogant and mean.  They try to justify it by saying that it is a good management style for getting things done, but in reality, someone with the same good ideas and a different style could have gotten things done without alienating people.  So no, I think I would have not liked to have worked with him.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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You can be demanding and direct without being a jerk. (Not to speak I'll of the dead.) Yet in light of what a brilliant person Jobs was, I think working for him would have been challenging but worth it. You would learn a lot, theoretically, just by watching his process.
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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I would have found it difficult to work for Steve Jobs. Practically all the people who did work with him -- at least the ones quoted in Walter Isaacson's biography -- found him extremely abrasive. His management style led him at one point to be fired from the top position at Apple, although of course he was later invited back. Even his good friends sometimes found his behavior indefensible.

 

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readerofbooks | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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As you say, Steve Jobs was a demanding boss and at time he could come down hard. Also he could be brutally honest. His biography says it all. I would have loved to work with him. I think this type of boss is best for people with talent, staying power, and thick skin. If you have these qualities, he can push you and get you to produce the best you can do. This is why Apple is one of the great companies in the world today.

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barbiedot | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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After reading his biography, I think his tendency to recreate scenarios in his head the way he wanted to see them would drive me crazy.  While his management style pushed people to work hard and create elegant products, his disconnection with reality sometimes led to innovations at work but I think would be difficult in a personal relationship.

so what do you think about his biography?

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