This will help you break out of your box and make you never want for a comfort zone again.
This is a good insight into Apple and Steve Job from an Apple insider. Elliot's book is well written and engaging. It provides a concise profile of the business practices that helped to make Jobs the icon he is at a very manageable length. Unlike other biographies it doesn't go into depth of Jobs' quirky personality traits and sticks with his business story.
I enjoyed it.
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A very interesting story about Mr Mac himself. The way he was working and his skillful understanding of simplicity for the users. The ups and downs for Apple and how to manage a growing organisation.
It was nice to hear about Steve Jobs life from another person who worked so closely with him. Obviously he doesn't point out very many mistakes of Jobs but does a good job overall with telling us how Apple got started and what happened along the way at a very high level.
This book was really interesting. Jay Elliot provides a behind the scenes look at Apple through most of its history. As an IT pro, and a tech enthusiast, it was really interesting. Definitely worth the listen.
That said, beware of Jay's turns to severe fanboy-ism. This book is one part history lesson, one part business lecture, and one part love letter to Steve Jobs. This is to be expected to some extent. The book is about Steve Jobs after all. However, once the subject turns to the iPhone time period, Jay goes from invested observer to full on fanboy. He repeatedly blames all problems with the first iPhone on AT&T. Any follower of the industry knows that while AT&T's coverage is nothing to brag about, the first iPhone had some significant antenna issues. By the time I got to the last 30 minutes of the book I found myself arguing with Jay, and rolling my eyes at his praises.
If you're an Apple fan, you will love this. If you're a tech enthusiast, but not an Apple person, prepare for a heavy dose of Apple love. BUT, if you can handle the syrup, there is an incredibly interesting story of one of the industry's most iconic companies and leaders just beneath the surface.
Much better than many other books about Steve Jobs and leadership. Unlike other books on audible aobut this topic, this book has an insider's view point and new material, not just direct quotes from material you can experience first hand on you tube. The new stories really give you a new look at the inside workings of Jobs the leader and Apple. In addition the narration is good (not the absolute best but still good).
After a while, the book sort of rambles, and one is left without a clear concise message (I doubt Jobs would approve), but still it was very entertaining and enjoyable. The insider quality is novel and really offers a lot.
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.