Audie Award Nominee, Business and Educational, 2013
Inside Apple reveals the secret systems, tactics, and leadership strategies that allowed Steve Jobs and his company to churn out hit after hit and inspire a cult-like following for Apple products.
If Apple is Silicon Valley's answer to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, then author Adam Lashinsky provides listeners with a golden ticket to step inside. In this primer on leadership and innovation, the author introduces concepts like the "DRI" (Apple's practice of assigning a Directly Responsible Individual to every task) and the Top 100 (an annual ritual in which 100 up-and-coming executives were tapped, à la Skull Bones, for a secret retreat with company founder Steve Jobs).
Based on numerous interviews, the book offers exclusive new information about how Apple innovates, deals with its suppliers, and is handling the transition into the Post Jobs Era. Lashinsky, a senior editor-at-large for Fortune, knows the subject cold: In a 2008 cover story for the magazine, entitled "The Genius Behind Steve: Could Operations Whiz Tim Cook Run The Company Someday?" he predicted that Tim Cook, then an unknown, would eventually succeed Steve Jobs as CEO.
While Inside Apple is ostensibly a deep dive into one, unique company (and its ecosystem of suppliers, investors, employees and competitors), the lessons about Jobs, leadership, product design and marketing are universal. They should appeal to anyone hoping to bring some of that Apple magic to their own company, career, or creative endeavor.
©2012 Adam Lashinsky (P)2012 Hachette Audio
Although the title is Inside Apple, I did not get a good sense of which part of the contents were the inside story of Apple.
Most of them to me sounded like a compilation of vast media materials that covered this company over the past 15 or so years.
In the same sense, this book is super helpful for people who are new to Apple and want to learn the company in relatively short time (as the author already carefully categorized the press coverage to great degree in chapters).
I must mention that the pace of reading was too slow. Perhaps a professional narrator would have been better.
Terrific inside look at how Apple gets it done. Beyond the awesome products, its process of building and launching these gems is very unlike the other tech giants. Adam Lashinsky does a great job telling the story in very understandable terms. He has pretty good narrator chops too.
The fact that it was done so well, covered so much ground, got into the personal and professional details of the story without getting caught in the hype, was very impressive. This book didn't just tell an important story, it provided useful information that can be dissected, argued about, and contribute to our understanding of the tapestry that is today's business and management environment.
I didn't have one specific character that was my favorite. In fact, most of the characters seem like they are hard to know -- a little mysterious -- which probably adds to the allure of the overall story. Nothing quite so appealing as a little mystery.
None in particular
Once I got going, it was hard to put down.
One of the best books about business that I have gone through.
Inside Apple shows the other side of Steve's story and it's an excellent companion to that book. It deeply describes how the company works, what drives its employees and what makes Apple the company with the best products in the market.
after ready steve jobs biography, this book does not add much.
no, does not new anything.
While I didn't feel that I learned a great deal of new information about Apple from this book, I *did* learn quite a lot about the individuals. Having worked in similarly high-pressure environments, this book helped me appreciate why working at Apple must be like taking a drug--you love the high, but you know you can't sustain it forever.
My wife, who is moderately technical, and not nearly as knowledgable about Apple, listened to this along with me and repeatedly said, "Those poor people." Unable to understand the endorphin rush that tech people experience when working on something new and fantastic, all she could see was the long hours, loss of friendships and relationships, and a sense of the oppressive environment that *is* a modern tech company.
Given the differences in our work experiences (I'm an IT consultant and she's a school teacher), I'd say that Lashinsky's book created exactly the kind of reactions he wanted. The only quibble I have with his performance is that it's all-too-easy to spot places where he revised a section for fact correction or to fix a pronunciation issue. Not having a pro perform this takes you out of the story a bit, and reminds you that you're listening to an audio book, and not a conversation with the author.
Great insight in to the mysterious and infrequently publicized culture inside Apple
Steve Jobs of course
More information that's actually new, rather than repeating oft-stated Apple lore.
Rather than conducting interviews, collecting common knowledge about a topic, and seeing what you get, please write books with a purpose.
Gave me insight into secretive nature of Apple and I enjoyed the opining of Apple's future post Jobs.
yes, Nice writing style
Pleasant voice and delivery.
Most of the book was covered in other books on Apple.
I would recommend a listen.
yes, very interesting inside story of the management style and management of apple.
Getting to know the managers of apple
Getting to know how and why Apple became so successful and a leader in business managment
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