I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.
This is not a new book itself and there is not a lot new in the book that wasn't covered over 70 years ago by Dale Carnegie and Napoleon Hill. BUT, this book puts it all together in a very concise and actionable package. The performance of the book is interesting, with alternative narrators cutting in to tell stories to give examples. Overall, I found this to be an extremely useful and actionable book. I wish I had read it when it originally came out, but, as Schwartz points out, it is never too late to put the principles into action!
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.
Lashinsky does a nice, balanced job of reporting on Apple. Of course, the problem is that Apple is so secretive that it is really difficult to get "inside." I'm not sure there is a lot that is new here, but it is very well-packaged. The book is very timely and contains a lot of material about the transition from the Steve Jobs era. Having listened to the book, I have a lot less faith that Apple will be able to make the transition in the long run.
Head of Development, persuing masters degree in information visualization
It is no overstatement that this book has effectively changed how I perceive life around me in any human interaction. From my relationship to my professional day-to-day exchanges, the ideas from this book have permeated the foundations and execution and, most importantly, greatly improved the outcome.
Thank you, authors, for providing the tools for me to deal with my own problems.