Steve Jobs on Managment and Presentations

  • Expect people to do great, they will do great things
  • Be honest, cultivate honesty in the company
  • Get the only the “A players” on board, watch out for the “bozo explosion”
    • A bozo explosion is a tendency for a firm to become filled with unproductive and unimaginative executives and middle management as it grows.

    • This approach also applied to key hires. He would have candidates meet the top leaders—Cook, Tevanian, Schiller, Rubinstein, Ive—rather than just the managers of the department where they wanted to work. “Then we all get together without the person and talk about whether they’ll fit in,” Jobs said. His goal was to be vigilant against “the bozo explosion

    • For most things in life, the range between best and average is 30% or so
    • A players want to work only with A players
  • Do mostly face-to-face meetings
    • That’s where you can find creativity
      • “There’s a temptation in our networked age to think that ideas can be developed by email and iChat,” he said.

      • “That’s crazy. Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. You run into someone, you ask what they’re doing, you say ‘Wow,’ and soon you’re cooking up all sorts of ideas.” - Steve Jobs

    • In order to get people to really engage with a problem, ban PowerPoint
      • One of the first things Jobs did during the product review process was ban PowerPoints. “I hate the way people use slide presentations instead of thinking,” Jobs later recalled. “People would confront a problem by creating a presentation. I wanted them to engage, to hash things out at the table, rather than show a bunch of slides. People who know what they’re talking about don’t need PowerPoint.”

    • Use whiteboards, they give you full control of the situation