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May 5, - Published on Amazon. Verified Purchase. Some books you read, some you digest, and then there are the ones like Evolution of an Ordinary Leader that become the cornerstones in your life. Hildreth filled this book with enough wisdom and thought to build a life of purpose. Read the book, live the ideals. March 6, - Published on Amazon. Excellent read about a person moving toward leadership.

Meaningful and useful for many types of people. I'm happy to have had the opportunity to follow these life experiences. Great Book!! Fantastic read! January 14, - Published on Amazon. This is a wonderful story of the journey of an executive named Michael as he attempts to balance the stresses of work and the memories of growing up with his general unhappiness. The individuals with whom Michael comes in contact are colorful and and the lessons he learns from them are the foundation of the story.

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The explanation of how universal energy affects everything we deal with is excellently accomplished. The Evolution of an Ordinary Leader should be mandatory reading for every sitting executive or any individual aspiring to be a leader.


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January 16, - Published on Amazon. This book is consistent with the uniquely effective content I've experienced from K. Hildreth in his other books and consulting. The adjectives I use to describe this book are ones that I normally don't see together like "honest," "relatable," inspiring," and flat-out "helpful.

Thanks for doing what you do K. Go to Amazon. Sure, it was great to make a profit, because that was what allowed you to make great products. But the products, not the profits, were the motivation.

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Sculley flipped these priorities to where the goal was to make money. When Jobs took his original Macintosh team on its first retreat, one member asked whether they should do some market research to see what customers wanted. Caring deeply about what customers want is much different from continually asking them what they want; it requires intuition and instinct about desires that have not yet formed.

Instead of relying on market research, he honed his version of empathy—an intimate intuition about the desires of his customers. He developed his appreciation for intuition—feelings that are based on accumulated experiential wisdom—while he was studying Buddhism in India as a college dropout. Sometimes that meant that Jobs used a one-person focus group: himself. He made products that he and his friends wanted.

For example, there were many portable music players around in , but Jobs felt they were all lame, and as a music fanatic he wanted a simple device that would allow him to carry a thousand songs in his pocket.

An early example was when Jobs was on the night shift at Atari and pushed Steve Wozniak to create a game called Breakout. Woz said it would take months, but Jobs stared at him and insisted he could do it in four days. Woz knew that was impossible, but he ended up doing it.

Those who did not know Jobs interpreted the Reality Distortion Field as a euphemism for bullying and lying.

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But those who worked with him admitted that the trait, infuriating as it might be, led them to perform extraordinary feats. One day Jobs marched into the cubicle of Larry Kenyon, the engineer who was working on the Macintosh operating system, and complained that it was taking too long to boot up. Kenyon allowed that he probably could. Jobs went to a whiteboard and showed that if five million people were using the Mac and it took 10 seconds extra to turn it on every day, that added up to million or so hours a year—the equivalent of at least lifetimes a year.

After a few weeks Kenyon had the machine booting up 28 seconds faster. When Jobs was designing the iPhone, he decided that he wanted its face to be a tough, scratchproof glass, rather than plastic. He stared unblinking at Weeks. You can do it. He knew that people form an opinion about a product or a company on the basis of how it is presented and packaged. When he was getting ready to ship the Macintosh in , he obsessed over the colors and design of the box. Similarly, he personally spent time designing and redesigning the jewellike boxes that cradle the iPod and the iPhone and listed himself on the patents for them.

He and Ive believed that unpacking was a ritual like theater and heralded the glory of the product. For example, when he was creating the new and playful iMac, after his return to Apple, he was shown a design by Ive that had a little recessed handle nestled in the top. It was more semiotic than useful. This was a desktop computer. Not many people were really going to carry it around.

But Jobs and Ive realized that a lot of people were still intimidated by computers. The handle signaled permission to touch the iMac. That happened even with the movie Toy Story. After Jeff Katzenberg and the team at Disney, which had bought the rights to the movie, pushed the Pixar team to make it edgier and darker, Jobs and the director, John Lasseter, finally stopped production and rewrote the story to make it friendlier. The same was true for the iPhone. The initial design had the glass screen set into an aluminum case. One Monday morning Jobs went over to see Ive.

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The problem was that the iPhone should have been all about the display, but in its current design the case competed with the display instead of getting out of the way. The whole device felt too masculine, task-driven, efficient. A similar thing happened as Jobs and Ive were finishing the iPad.

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At one point Jobs looked at the model and felt slightly dissatisfied. They needed to signal that you could grab it with one hand, on impulse.

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They decided that the bottom edge should be slightly rounded, so that a user would feel comfortable just snatching it up rather than lifting it carefully. That meant engineering had to design the necessary connection ports and buttons in a thin, simple lip that sloped away gently underneath.

Jobs delayed the product until the change could be made. As a young boy, he had helped his father build a fence around their backyard, and he was told they had to use just as much care on the back of the fence as on the front. It was the mark of an artist to have such a passion for perfection. In overseeing the Apple II and the Macintosh, Jobs applied this lesson to the circuit board inside the machine. In both instances he sent the engineers back to make the chips line up neatly so the board would look nice. This seemed particularly odd to the engineers of the Macintosh, because Jobs had decreed that the machine be tightly sealed.

And once the board was redesigned, he had the engineers and other members of the Macintosh team sign their names so that they could be engraved inside the case. Jobs was famously impatient, petulant, and tough with the people around him. But his treatment of people, though not laudable, emanated from his passion for perfection and his desire to work with only the best. Was all his stormy and abusive behavior necessary? Probably not. There were other ways he could have motivated his team.

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amalsadoo.tk He infused Apple employees with an abiding passion to create groundbreaking products and a belief that they could accomplish what seemed impossible. And we have to judge him by the outcome. Jobs had a close-knit family, and so it was at Apple: His top players tended to stick around longer and be more loyal than those at other companies, including ones led by bosses who were kinder and gentler.

CEOs who study Jobs and decide to emulate his roughness without understanding his ability to generate loyalty make a dangerous mistake. Ask any member of that Mac team. They will tell you it was worth the pain. Despite being a denizen of the digital world, or maybe because he knew all too well its potential to be isolating, Jobs was a strong believer in face-to-face meetings. Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. He had the Pixar building designed to promote unplanned encounters and collaborations.