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How Steve Jobs managed people, led people, gave people a common vision, hired insanely great people, and how he avoided "professionals."

Key Points:

  • Valuable employees don’t need to be managed. Once they understand their tasks, they go and do it.
  • A good leader has a vision of where they want to go and a plan for how to get there.
  • The leader’s job is to recruit well to get the right people on the team. You don’t need professionals, you need people who get the vision and are excited to move the vision forward.

Quote This:

Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people. -Steve Jobs

See Also: Coaching, Workplace

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. In your own words, articulate Jobs’ philosophy of hiring. What are the pros and cons of his philosophy?
  3. What is the best hire you’ve ever made? What is the worst? Why?
  4. How do you vet potential team members or leaders? Evaluate the process and identify its strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Who are some of the most trustworthy and discerning leaders on your team? How can you get them more involved in the recruiting process?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.