How Far Will Apple Fall From the Tree? Time Will Tell…

Steve Jobs was unquestionably brilliant. The future of Apple, however, will test a much different leadership skill than anything we  saw in his lifetime. In Isaacson’s biography of Jobs, it is clear that he led with might, but now the full spectrum of his leadership style will be truly tested. The debate as to whether Apple is now doomed for failure because of the death of Steve Jobs continues to swirl. Recently, in this CBS News interview, Larry Ellison essentially said that we know how this story will end: LARRY ELLISON: He was — he was brilliant. I mean, our Edison. He was our Picasso. He was an incredible inventor. CHARLIE ROSE: So what happens to Apple without Steve? LARRY ELLISON: Well, we already know. CHARLIE ROSE: What? LARRY ELLISON: We saw — we conducted the experiment. I mean, it’s been done. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple…

Armed Against the Tyranny of the Urgent

Years ago I read a little book called the Tyranny of the Urgent. It’s a great read about allowing the unimportant trivialities of life crowding out the most important. We live in a distracted world, and every day in our jobs, personal health, and families, we willingly allow the crisis in front of us to take our eyes off what’s truly important. This week, I looked up from my phone and there was an eleven-year-old young lady standing before me, and I remembered only scant flashes and glimmers of my eight-year-old daughter becoming this beautiful, young lady. Sure, I’m overemphasizing a tad, but the Tyranny of the Urgent has robbed me of focus, true accomplishment, quality, and significance in every aspect of my life. So it clicked when yesterday, I was reminded, “you are empowered to say No.” Everyone has a Getting Things Done “GTD” suggestion to solve all of…

“Why” do you want to be when you grow up?

Sounds funny right? All our lives we ask, and have been asked, “what” you want to be when you grow up, but seldom do we ask “why?” The why is so critical to success, yet the what leads so many decisions and life choices. Is it any surprise that so many people have a luke warm sentiment about their jobs or God forbid their “careers?” At least twice in my life, I followed the paths of what careers–one by pure accident and another by great intention. The results were what you might expect: longing, dissatisfaction, frustration and anger. Over the last two years, I have spent most of my consulting hours, working with clients in the profit and non-profit sectors forcing the why questions. Relentlessly, we spend difficult hours cutting through all of the “stuff they do” to get to the reason that they are doing it. It’s amazing and fulfilling to walk this journey. This…

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