I really like this book. It's presented some very successful companies and linked them into strategies that Steve Jobs has used at Apple. It's filled me with inspiration and helped me to focus on an idea, spurring my imagination.
Not good, not bad:
I think the author has latched on to a very successful businessman in order to sell a book with rehashed ideas on how to be a successful entrepreneur/innovator/visionary.
I've read it all before. That said, I like how this is written. I like the analogies and I like the end of chapter points to practice/remember. Every now and again it will try and steer itself back to something Steve Jobs did - sort of blatant.
It'd be a good book on it's own without the book title but I probably wouldn't have bought it if it hadn't. Gotta love irony.
When all's said and done, I think this has helped me to focus on something I have had in my mind for a number of years.
on 9 January 2011
I purchased this book having previously read thorugh Carmine's first book (Presentation Skills of Steve Jobs) about Steve Jobs which I thought was impressive. This book follows along the same clear lines and disects Steve Jobs' way of working. I wouldn't say there are any insanely different principles in this book, although there are some interesting thoughts and insights about how Jobs developed the Apple brand from initial seed to the multi-billion $ company it is now; however, I found it slightly repetitive going over old ground from the first book. This book will not become ground-breaking background reading for MBA students, however, if you haven't read Carmine's first book then I would suggest that this book will be an interesting read for you.
Actually, what Carmine Gallo examines with both rigor and eloquence are no longer "secrets," nor are they insights of proprietary significance to Steve Jobs. On Pages 10-11, Gallo identifies and briefly discusses the seven principles in his book. For example, #1: "Do What You Love," a portion of Teresa Amabile's admonition expressed in an article that appeared in Harvard Business Review, "do what you love and love what you do" (1993); as for #3, "Kick-Start Your Brain," Doug Hall wrote a book, Jump Start Your Business Brain, that was published in 2001 and he claimed no authorship of that admonition.
My point is, the value of Gallo's book is not based on any head-snapping revelations it provides; rather, on the analysis he offers of a truly unique person who co-founded a truly unique organization, and who then established and nourished a culture within which innovative thinking continues to produce, in Jobs's familiar words, "insanely great ideas." Ironically, it is possible but unlikely that Jobs and Apple would have succeeded to the extent they later did were it not for the "insanely great ideas" that he and Steve Wozniak encountered during a visit to Xerox PARC in 1979. Long ago, Thomas Edison observed, "Vision without execution is hallucination." An "insanely great" idea will not achieve "insanely great" breakthrough success without "insanely great" execution.
I also presume to assert that, with all due respect to Jobs, credit for the extraordinary success that Apple has achieved thus far must be shared by hundreds (if not thousands) of people who have been or are now centrally involved at every management level and in all areas of operations. It comes as no a surprise what the principles are that have driven Jobs but they have also served as also the values of the company's culture. Gallo devotes a separate chapter to each of these principles/core values -- citing hundreds sources and real-world examples - that reveal their impact on what is done and how it is done throughout the entire Apple organization. He concludes each of Chapters 2-15 with three "iLessons" that emphasis key points in the material just covered. For example, here are two sets:
First, Chapter 6, Seek Out New Experiences
1. Use analogies or metaphors to think about a problem. By finding the similarities between two things that are unalike, your brain makes new and sometimes profound connections.
2. Leave your comfort zone from time to time. Doing so is critical for the creative process to thrive.
3. Don't live in fear of the new. Embrace change. Embrace diversity of opinion and experience.
Next, Chapter 14, The World's Greatest Corporate Storyteller
1. Tell your story early and often. Make communication a cornerstone of your brand every day.
2. Make your brand story consistent across all platforms: presentations, website, advertising, marketing materials, social media.
3. Think differently about presentation style. Study Steve Jobs, read design books, and pay attention to awe-inspiring presentations and what makes them different from the average PowerPoint show. Everyone has room to raise the bar on delivering presentations, but rising to the challenge requires a dedicated commitment to improve and an open mind.
Note: In this same chapter (i.e. #14), Gallo also identifies and discusses "Three Keys to Communicating Value" and "Seven Guidelines for Selling Your Ideas the Steve Jobs Way." Of course, potentially valuable as this and other material throughout the book may be, it remains for those to read it to summon or develop the skills required to put it to effective use.
I also recommend Gallo's The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs: How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience, Alan Deutschman's The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, Leander Kahney's Inside Steve's Brain, Expanded Edition.
on 14 June 2011
When I started my business I took advice from the bank, the government advice agencies, and loads of other 'knowledgable' people, and began to think that business wasn't fun after all. There were very regimented regimes that everyone said I had to go through in order to make my business conform before I could start to do anything creative with it.
This book, and the philosophies of Steve Jobs have transformed my outlook on business. It is fun. It can be laid back and yet thrust forward at the same time, and above all, it's easy! If you have a well thought out vision, and a product/service that performs a purpose, then people want it from you whether they know it yet or not, and this book will highlight that perfectly. A must for any business minded person.