“It’s easy in retrospect to say you would grab the leader who drove the creation of the iPhone, iPad and so many other things that built Apple into the most valuable company in the world,” Kenneth Roman writes for Medium. “”
“But would you have taken on this scruffy college drop-out who showed some interest in technology but looked like a hippie and smelled so bad that Atari had to assign him to the night shift to placate co-workers who complained he seldom showered or used a deodorant? The negatives went beyond a lack of obvious qualifications, body odor and dress,” Roman writes. “He had shown himself to be, says Walter Isaacson in his best-selling biography of Jobs, manipulative and arrogant, and ‘a dreadful manager’ who was not a great engineer and didn’t know much about technology.”
“Not many of us would have looked past these off-putting weaknesses to imagine his passion for perfection, an uncanny ability to understand the needs and desires of consumers, and uncompromisingly high standards. You might have hesitated, but Peter Drucker would have urged you to look again. Jobs is an instructive example of the management guru’s over-riding principle: Hire people for their strengths, not their absence of weaknesses,” Roman writes. “Avoiding weakness, Drucker explains in his classic The Effective Executive, will at best produce mediocrity.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Beyond his visionary clarity, Steve Jobs’ passion for perfection and uncompromisingly high standards are exactly what Apple misses most right now.
Steve Jobs would not ship a smart speaker that did not support stereo paring out of the box, the putrid Apple TV Siri Remote, or allow his flagship Mac to languish for five years (at the very least, he’d has stopped trying to sell it years ago out of sheer embarrassment), to name but three examples of the post-Steve Jobs Apple not meeting our expectations, much less Jobs’.