In iLeadership, Jay Elliot gives the listener the opportunity of seeing Steve Jobs as only his closest associates have ever seen him, and to learn what has made him - and the mystique of his management style - capable of creating tools so extraordinary that they have remade three industries and have transformed the way we create, consume, and communicate with each other.
Jay Elliot worked side by side with Steve as Senior Vice President of Apple and brings us his deep insider perspective of Steve's singular iLeadership style - which encompasses four major principles: product, talent, organization, and marketing.
Jay shares the lessons that come out of Steve's intuitive approach to show how the creative and technological brilliance of iLeadership can be utilized to drive breakthroughs in any organization, irrespective of size.
©2011 Jay Elliot and William L. Simon (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"There have been so many books about Steve Jobs but none that have the vantage point of an insider like this one. The narrative is very engaging and I could not stop reading.... Jay has done a fantastic job to provide insights that we all can use from the man who has inspired two generations of entrepreneurs." (Naeem Zafar, Lecturer, Entrepreneurship, University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business)
"Steve Jobs is a revolutionary leader and thinker who has been written about by many people. But for the first time, in The Steve Jobs Way, Jay Elliot brings a deep, insider perspective of Steve Jobs' unique leadership style, which has forever changed our everyday lives and the world around us." (Howard Behar, former president of Starbucks Coffee International and author of It's Not About the Coffee)
"Christopher Hurt gives an outstanding narration of this insider's analysis of Steve Jobs's one-of-a-kind leadership at Apple. Hurt's casual gravitas is perfect for an analytic business biography; he's superb at using his vocal tone and phrasing to emphasize crucial points." (AudioFile)
Steve leads his industry with creativity, energy and courage. He keeps creating new products and generating new ideas, eventhough he is already very wealthy and probably doesn't need the additional income. Computing and telecommunication is so much more fun with his company Apple intensifying competition with new products such as i-tune, touch phone and tablets.
I really enjoyed this book which gives a good insight about the roller coaster career of Steve Jobs.
This book has very good content. It gives you good overview how Steve Jobs build Apple and become a market leader. Ups and down of Apple….I really enjoy listening this audio.
This book has great content. It is very interesting to see the intensity and attention to details that Jobs put into his work and how that affected the outcome of his product. His unrelenting drive to deliver a product that he himself and his customers would love is what has made Apple the success it is.
The downside of this book is that it is a worship book about Steve Jobs. Several times while listening I almost gave up and stopped listening because it made me sick to keep hearing this man praised over and over. He does deserve a lot of credit for persevering but to go on and on over how wonderful he is was way over the top. Have a listen to this book but be sure to keep a bucket nearby!
Because this book is an overview of how Steve Jobs build Apple to be one of the largest companies in the world it is interesting for the entire book. I find books about leadership principles can get very repetitive very quickly.
Jay Elliot, a former Apple executive, takes us along on the intriguing journey of Apple's growth. We learn from observing Steve Jobs' charismatic leadership style, his successes and his failures along the way. Definitely worth a read/listen for some inspiration on how you will "make a dent in the universe" (as Steve Jobs would say).
"Good read, nothing new, somewhat inaccurate"
The best part was the new facts that haven't been revealed before, which (in the era after the official biography) are few and far between. The worst part was that there's a lot of factual statements in this book that is contradicted by either Steve Jobs himself, other authors or witnesses which brings into question the earlier novel facts. All in all, it's a decent introduction but pales in comparison to it's more recent competition.
I would recommend it to everyone interested in Steve Jobs or Apple, and perhaps even "The Steve Jobs Way", but *not* to anyone looking for "lessons" about this way, because there's very little insight or analysis. That part of the books name seems to have been tacked on after it was written.
I think there's ample way to both update this book to bring it up to par with it's own name (there's not many leadership lessons to be learned here) but first and foremost, Apple is now in the post-Jobs era, and the company he co-founded are entering it's most interesting period ever. Now is the time to write a book about life after Jobs.
"Should've been named The Jay Elliot Way"
While the stories were engaging, I was expecting it to be more about Steve Job's leadership style than a memoir about Jay Elliot's career path.
"Jay Elliot lets us know he is really important"
It seems the main point of the book is to let the reader know that Jay Elliot is very important. After you are able to get past the constant name dropping you will find a nice collection of stories written by a person that worked closely with Jobs.
I would not recommend this book to someone looking for leadership skills. But if you are wanting a concise history of Apple and some insight into Steve Jobs you could do worse.
"A glimpse into the man behind the Mac"
Written and based on Steve's life before his passing, this insiders, colleague written view of his morals, practices, and often stubborn-for-the-best-user-experience attitude is an excellent observational based reading on the work life of Steve Jobs. Given the explosion of since-released biographies, I'm interested in
"Part S. Jobs biography, part S. Jobs mythology"
The title does provide a nice account of the history of Apple, including detailing some of the detours from Jobs at NeXT and Pixar.
But it markets itself as a view into the leadership ways of Steve Jobs, and though it does mention lots of tidbits related, most of the time it just ends up as some sort of shrine for him: "only Steve Jobs could have done this", "only Steve Jobs could have thought this", etc.
I haven't read it yet, but I bet Isaacson's official biography is probably a much better read than this, both for people interested in his life and for people interested in his leadership skills.
"Leadership 0 - Steve's career 1"
This reading kept my interest all the way through except for the last 20 minutes. I’m not an Apple fan by a long shot, but I do appreciate the lives of winners. This book was interesting from the aspect of Steve’s highs and lows in his career and how charisma, persistence, a sharp mind and lady luck can create a Midas persona. It really didn’t address any leadership nuggets except Steve’s particular style which would be hard for anyone to mimic.
The last 20 minutes is where the book takes a turn for the worse. Mr. Elliot shifts gears and expounds on his own ventures after he is detached from Steve’s hip – all of which are failures. I’m not sure what he’s trying to prove by including this in his book except that maybe it is utterly impossible to emulate Jobs’ entrepreneurial leadership. If you are looking for a different perspective into Steve Jobs, then this is a good book to listen to. If, on the other hand, you are looking for some amazing leadership tips and tricks from a master, you will be disappointed.
On a side note, this book was purchased before Steve’s death and I listened to it after his passing.
"More of an Autobiography"
I really enjoyed this book, but I kinda felt mislead. I thought that this was going to be more of a leadership book, but it turned out it was more biographical about the Steve Jobs at Apple. It was good, but not what I was expecting.
"Great insight in a great person"
Insight well presented directly from the source.
Apple is part of our history,
This is a historic book
"Excellent and Inspiring book!"
A must read and reread again. I like to come back to this book again and again.
This was a very good book that provides an intimate look at Steve Jobs. The book uses Jobs' approaches to problem solving as examples of business leadership. Largely, I think the book succeeds. It is a bit fawning (to be expected) and the author promotes himself at times (not surprising). The book moves along and is not repetitive. Quite enjoyable.
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