Thursday, October 6, 2011

R.I.P. Steve Jobs (But Not Your Management Style)

I surprised myself by my strong reaction to Steve Jobs's passing. Maybe having had an Apple II as my first computer prompted the youthful nostalgia. Poking around in the Google News archives, I found this old article about Mr. Jobs returning to Apple:

The author reflects the ambivalence about the management style of someone who was, by many accounts, a royal a******. Nevertheless, the Stanford graduation address shows a different side of Mr. Jobs:

The TED video is worth watching in its entirety to remind each of us what passion really means. For me, it means being good to other people (unlike Steve), remaining passionate about bringing science to marketing (maybe like Steve), and trying to live a life I want rather than the life I think someone like me ought to have (definitely like Steve).

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