Category Archives: Steve Jobs

Here’s Why You Should Think Twice Before Listening To Business Gurus

Probably the hardest thing in business is to innovate consistently, year after year and decade after decade. Take a look at any industry at any point in time and you’ll find one company that seems to have hit on a secret formula only to find that ten years later that things have gone awry. Consider ...

Here’s Why You Should Think Twice Before Listening To Business Gurus

Probably the hardest thing in business is to innovate consistently, year after year and decade after decade. Take a look at any industry at any point in time and you’ll find one company that seems to have hit on a secret formula only to find that ten years later that things have gone awry. Consider ...

Coming up with the next big thing isn’t just your job

There's a viral video that makes it's way around during the winter holidays in which Star Trek's Captain Picard repeats his trademark command, "Make it so." (A play on the holiday jingle "Make it Snow.") We'd all like to lead like Picard, but in the real world it's not that easy, especially when it comes to innovation. Still, I've heard founders repeatedly say, ...

The Story of Technology

Every age is defined by its technology.  The stories of Dickens wouldn’t have been possible without the steam engine and the industrial revolution it brought about.  For that matter, neither would the those of Vanderbilt or Carnegie. And what would the 20th century have been like without the internal combustion engine and electricity? Yet we often miss ...

Is Digital Technology Really Making Us Any Better Off?

When Steve Jobs was trying to lure John Sculley from his lofty position as CEO at Pepsi to Apple, he asked him, “Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life, or do you want to come with me and change the world?” The ploy worked and Sculley became the first major CEO ...

There Is No One True Path To Innovation

Innovation has become like a religion in business today, with “innovate or die” as its mantra. When a company succeeds, people attribute its good fortune to superior innovation. When it fails, people say it lacked the ability to innovate, no matter how many new products it launched. The message is simple: you need to disrupt ...

What Does Emotional Intelligence have to do with Productivity and Innovation?

Happy face, sad faceElon Musk, much like Steve Jobs, couples his drive and ingenuity with a fluid charm and charisma, making him and leaders of his caliber something like the Ubermensch. The amount of things that people like these accomplish might even make the common person wonder if they’re robots--but it turns out they may actually be even more human than the rest of us. Continue reading