Unlike most other books about Steve Jobs (I have read or listened to most of them), this one is written by someone who has actually worked with him. Bringing out a more human side of Jobs. Prior to this book, from movies like Pirates of Silicon Valley and other biographies (like iCon and the 2nd coming of SJ), I've always thought of Jobs as an egotistic monster in the early days of Apple, this book painted a different kind of young Jobs, filled with good intentions and high minded ideas, and states that it was actually Jobs himself who decided to leave Apple instead of being fired by the Apple board. I find Mr. Elliot's approach of tying Steve's action with his iLeadership best practices points slightly distracting. Still overall, I highly enjoyed this book, and recommend it to all who is really fascinated about Steve Job.
This is an excellent book about an icon in the technology and consumer products world. I have watched Apple and Steve Jobs since I bought my first Apple product in the 80's (Apple IIC & Macintosh). A few of the items discussed in the book clarified misconceptions and questions not only about Steve Jobs but about Apple and its products and services. Overall, not only was it enjoyable but it was enlightening. In addition, I learned different key points about entrepreneurship and leadership.
It is written from the perspective of a friend, employee, and co-worker. Much different than other books and articles that were written from a media perspective only.
The book held my interest to the end and I highly recommend it!
There is no substitute for working with a genius on a daily basis. Everything I have read about Steve Jobs is from the outside - from somebody who has done interviews and research. This book is from a man who observed the daily working habits and decision making process of one of the most creative and brilliant men of our generation. Until the authorized biography of Jobs is released in 2012 - this is the best book about the man himself.
This is my favorite audiobook so far as it brings us up close and personal on how Apple runs its business and particularly how Steve Jobs waves his baton as the ultimate conductor of Apple.
The details & lessons one can pick up from The Steve Jobs Way is helpful to aspiring entrepreneurs of all races and ages.
The Steve Jobs Way has great insights on leadership, the value of the customer, human relations and the importance of a business vision to name a few and is definitely a must listen and a must read.
Most of us aspire to have an organization of Apple's caliber and quality and this is the measuring stick we should level up to.
I will definitely be listening to this over and over again as a reference.
Great job Jay Eliot!
I felt that this was a very good depiction of Steve Jobs and on how his way of thinking! I felt like I got a inside look of the Man behind Apple!
I am a professional photographer, a motorcyclist, and an avid reader and listener. I enjoy history, business books and
This was my first audio book in years, I started a 45 minute commute to work and needed something other then endless drone of the radio. I picked this book because of the reviews and because I wanted to learn something of Jobs and Apple. What I gained was an insight into the way Jobs thinks and his leadership style, his attention to detail and his unique understanding of the customer. I am self employed and have been the opposite of a detailed person for most of my business life, but after listening to this book I realize
that I need to get more detailed, for the details are what make a product good or just mediocre.
Hurt was a good narrator, I enjoyed his style but the book seemed to jump around sometimes, wondering off if different directions but I was sorry to come to the end of it, as I am with any good book and I will listen to it again.
I would recommend this to anyone who is in business, or just has an interest
in Apple. In fact, I am typing this on an iPad that I just got after listening to the book. I had wanted the iPad since it first came out but after listening to this book I wanted to visit the Apple store and see how they did things, how they
merchandise the store and how the whole thing integrated with the customer. I felt I could learn from what they did.
you really get a sense of who Steve Jobs is and how much details he puts into his products. Made me want to purchase an Apple product!
This a very well written book, and awesomely read by Mr. Hurt. Every chapter is a learning experience for your business. I've been entertained by anecdotes and been applying them for my business every day.
I was intrigued by this title because of the author's early connection with Jobs at Apple. I hoped for some new and seldom-before-heard information. There is some of that here, but hardly what one would wish for and often frustratingly short of details. The book seems dashed off with little to no editorial oversight and is consequently rife with errors that even the most cursory fact-checking would have brought to light. Steve Jobs gave the Commencement Address at Stanford University in 2005, yet the author repeatedly refers to this event as having taken place in 2009. Video of that address was uploaded to YouTube by the 'StanfordUniversity' account on March 7, 2008, so draw your own conclusions. Just one example, but it seriously undermines the author's credibility. If he can't get this right, what else is just plain wrong? I had to keep fighting off the feeling that this was just an opportunistic exercise intended to cash-in on the well-deserved fame of Mr. Jobs by way of a long-ago association. Had it been released subsequent to his death, my distaste at this would have kept me away. As it was, it nagged at me throughout. Also, worth noting that the book is fawning toward Mr. Jobs in the extreme. It borders on the saccharine throughout.
Finally, worth noting that the narration is only adequate. Sometimes I felt the reader's intonation or cadence was jarringly different than what I perceived the writer's tone to be.
All-in-all, a mediocre affair and a slight disappointment.
Being a novice enterprenuer, I have listened to every bit of this audio book. It has changed my present attitude towards approaching a task. Steve's comments like "pirates not navy" have really thrilled me. His detail-oriented style has resulted in fantasitc 'i' products . His "Blue Fish" dinner with Sony chief was exciting!. Current management style needs a re-vist by following Stevian approach. Thanks to Jay Elliot such a marvelous book.