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On the Firing Line: My 500 Days at Apple Paperback – 1 Apr 1999
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It is an interesting read, but take it with a pinch of salt.
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A lot of people will disagree with Gil's point of view. His glowing about things he did that seems lame like the "campaign for distinctively superior user value". Or his ability to describe all the problems at Apple and tell the relevant managers to fix the problem. He downplays his biggest success like the purchase of NeXT computer. (Apple would be bankrupt if he went with Be). Bringing in Jobs and people from NeXT. (Can you image Amelio's team creating the iPhone). You can almost say Gil saved the company with those decisions. Still interesting to hear him debate those decisions in his head since they hurt him personally.
If you have worked in the tech field long enough you will work under managers that seems to have limited knowledge about the relevant tasks at hand. This book is a case study in sort of how that culture exists and keeps going even when evidence that the leaders need to be replaced are obvious. Gil made some good moves as CEO with keeping it afloat financially and but having direct reports that were not super knowledgeable was his likely downfall. To Gil's credit the book is honest enough about the situation that you can decide for yourself.
Recommend this book for open minded folks.