I have been listening to this book while I am waiting for Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs to be published. It is a wonderful surprise, written by Jay Elliot, who was Job's "right hand man" for years. He offers a fascinating look at Jobs from inside Apple, and how Jobs operated it. I found myself to be so absorbed that it was difficult to turn off and go to bed. And the narrator has an easy and compelling voice.
The book is okay. It's a little over the top in praise of Steve Jobs. I think it would have been much more interesting and helpful had the author been a bit more realistic about Mr. Jobs weaknesses.
It's nicely written and superby read. I disliked the whole "iLeadership" concept though and felt that was a bit forced and unnecessary. It works best when it doesn't try to be profound and comprehensive - just the little human anecdotes are very revealing and useful. I was also unsure of how recently Elliot was at Apple - I got the impression the book went from an insider's point of view in the '80s to just an informed commentator through the major iPod/Pad/Phone era.
OK book. Do not expect to really get any real leadership lessons from this book. It had a heavy Apple bias. It also jumped all over the place in terms of Apple history, but did highlight the various companies Steve has been with. Seems like he held back a little on what he really thought of Steve. With all that said it was still entertaining.
Say something about yourself!
Since I purchased the book I guess I was curious. I don't listen to the news, I am not a techy, I didn't know who Steve Jobs was until he died. The timing of this book seemed like the author wrote this book while this man was alive with the plan to publish as soon as he died. It was almost like he was standing over this man waiting for his last breath. I did not find anything but narration to be redeeming.
I have read all of the other books on Steve Jobs out to date and I consider this one to be the best because of Jay's insider insights.
His balanced perspective and realistic facts are profound.
Finding out about the real human being Steve Jobs is even more inspiring.
A man who changed the world for the better who had many of his own challenges yet managed to creatively transform them into benefits
Bravo Jay Elliot and Bravo maestro Steve Jobs
We will all miss your Spirit in more ways than one.
Jay Elliot's insider information and personal friendship with Jobs
His enuncian of various characters and passion for the reading .
Immersion in the portrayals
What one Inspired man Can Do
I was touched deeply by Jay Elliots insights into the period where he valued and experienced Steve jobs as the creative dynamic and commited force behind the greatest comapny in the world and the roadblocks he encountered . For many eyars I have wanted to know the details of what happened an after reading this book many times over adn over I felt the challenges that Steve Jobs faced and transcended with his creative passion adn vision.
With Apple being the top selling stock on the planet right now what more do I need to stay,
being commited to your vision no matter what it looks like and being resilient can transform the world.
We have lost the leonardo da vinci of our time in a manner.
What can we do to integrate this insider information on the real Spirit of our most brilliant luminary and passionate artist
Its a great read for personal development, when you have in-built passion to do something. However, the only thing Steve and hence this book has not focused enough on is to groom and prepare a equally challenging and passionate successor for Apple. Apple has become the greatest company in the world truely because of Steve's vision. However, it can severely damage its value proposition if Steve is out of picture for Apple. I am not sure Tim Cooke has same passion as Steve to lead Apple going forward.