To Steve Jobs, Simplicity was a religion. It was also a weapon.
Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple - it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. The obsession with Simplicity is what separates Apple from other technology companies. It’s what helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on Earth in 2011.
Thanks to Steve Jobs’ uncompromising ways, you can see Simplicity in everything Apple does: the way it’s structured, the way it innovates, and the way it speaks to its customers. It’s by crushing the forces of Complexity that the company remains on its stellar trajectory.
As ad agency creative director, Ken Segall played a key role in Apple’s resurrection, helping to create such critical marketing campaigns as Think Different. By naming the iMac, he also laid the foundation for naming waves of i-products to come.
Segall has a unique perspective, given his years of experience creating campaigns for other iconic tech companies, including IBM, Intel, and Dell. It was the stark contrast of Apple’s ways that made Segall appreciate the power of Simplicity - and inspired him to help others benefit from it.
©2012 Ken Segall (P)2012 Random House Audio
This book reveals the inner workings of Apple like no other book I've come across and it can be really useful for your own business. Ken Segall gives lots of hands on tips and references that are well worth a relisten and summarize the most important aspects again in the end of the book. Learn how to avoid the traps of complexity and how to gain from the power of simplicity.
Its hard to say. While I liked the content of the book, Ken Segall spends way too much time explaining and reminding us of:
1. Proximity to Steve Jobs
2. How long he worked with Steve Jobs
3. Basking in the after-glow of Steve Jobs
The intro and Chapter 1 was enough, we get it. Now get on with the actual "meat" of the book.
Insight into the Steve Job's mentality and the war stories of those who worked/lived with his "genius." The least interesting was the amount of time the author spent repeating how long and intimately he worked with Steve Jobs.
The voice wasn't as smooth as a professional reader in some parts, but it was okay.
The author worked with Steve Jobs for over a decade on marketing campaigns, so he has had a lot of interactions with him. The book illustrates how Steve Jobs was able to push people to create simply elegant products. He didn't waste his time in dressing up how to say or do something to avoid hurting someone's feelings. He had laser focus on simplicity and quality. While it's not the most comforting situation to be the recipient of Job's tirade, at the end it usually lead to a superior product.
This was a great follow up to listening to Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. It seemed to get into a specific component of the Steve Jobs story and add to it in a way that was compelling and different.
The examples & stories of Ken Segall's interaction & decision making in Apple.
How much impact "Simplicity" has in every day working and how 'Simple' is is also a difficult objective to achieve. Once achieved, 'simple' can do wonders to life, customers and business
The narration of stories & live examples
Passion for simplicity
This book is wonderful essay on the vision and product portfolio of Apple based on "simplicity". Probably, this is the greatest secret behind Apple's great success in business and peoples' great satisfaction on Apple products. I was surely able to relate the simplicity in my iPhone as i listened to the audio. Unfortunately, I find iTunes is not so simple to use. Three features in iPhone that I felt missed in iPhone was: (i) Reply to all attendees of a meeting from the calendar meeting request (ii) Saving specific SMSes and emails permanently in iPhone (iii) iPhone as a tourch light application
Narration by the author.
Too many to list - excellent book whether you're an Apple fan or not.
Let me say that I whole heartedly agree with the concept of simple and look at my business daily with the desire to simplify for a multitude of reasons and I got something of value from this book therefor I would recommend it but with one thought in mind. The author seems to spend a lot of time justifying and almost apologizing in a sense for Steve Jobs failure to treat people in a respectful manner and discipline himself to think before speaking in an abusive manner to people. One of the great qualities of leaders is the ability to communicate and make other feel a sense of worth and accomplish the desired goal or their vision or mission. It is so apparent and over played in the book that many times I almost stopped reading it altogether. It sounds like a wife apologizing for her husband beating her and saying he means well and is a good provider. I cannot take a clean glass of water and drop dirt in it and still find a way to say it is a clean glass of water. Profit does not justify every action....one act of abuse can easily wipe away ten acts of kindness. Abandon this principle in relationships and what does it matter what you accomplish. This works with two people or 10,000. I say he could have accomplished more if he had stopped himself from his indulgence that obviously gave him a small pleasure at the expense of others. Treat others in the manner you desire to be treated. As long as you can tolerate this aspect of the book and still filter out the benefits and principles of "simple" then you will find it worth reading.
When in doubt: do it yourself.
Stories about Steve Jobs and Apple
Walter Isaacson's book on Steve Jobs. Insanely Simple is a good supplement to it, a more detailed take on Steve's decision making.
The confidence in narration. Probably because he's narrating a life he lived and wrote.
Here's To The Crazy Ones.
Good stories on management and business strategy. Give this a try even if you despite Apple for whatever reason. This could be the Insanely Simple reason to change your mind.
This guy is really really full of him self but... he did have some good thoughts. If you have an extra credit to burn its worth it.
This book can show anyone in business how to use the 'simple stick'
Things are too complicated. Simple is better, but simple is HARD. This book has a lot of great examples on not only how but most importantly WHY.
If you are in business or just want to learn how to simplify life, this one is for you. Yes it's about Steve Jobs and Apple but that is the benchmark to use in how to do things the simple way.
"An obsession with Apple that blurs any story!"
Not the best use of time, sounds like someone is cashing in on Steve Jobs success while slating every other tech company.
This guy is an apparent Apple fan boy which makes the book very one sided, it's hard to gain any insights while someone is so in love with the subject matter. Any real business insight is blurred.
I'm not much of an Apple fan but i can respect what it has done and how it did. I would go read/listen to Steve Jobs Autobiography which is a million times better than this book and you will learn something reading that.
In the true spirit of the book I can only say this...."Simply brilliant!".
I've been implementing many of the ideas for a while in my businesses but now realize I need to take 'simplicity' even further.
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