Angela Ahrendts gives first interview since leaving Apple

Via the Hello Monday podcast:

How do you balance calculated decision-making with trusting your gut?

This episode, hear Angela Ahrendts talk with host Jessi Hempel about how following her intuition has shaped her career, from Burberry to Apple.

Featuring reporting from LinkedIn’s senior news editor Maya Pope-Chappell.

More info and listen to the podcast here.

MacDailyNews Take:

What I wanted to do was, not take it as my lessons, I wanted to take it as the lessons that I learned from 70,000 people. And so, the three lessons that I got from them were:

1. Never forget where you came from… When I can in at Apple, I’d go out in the field and they’d talk about, “Well, Steve said our job was to enrich lives and Steve said this and, right, and I could have thrown all that out, but, no let’s codify that and protect that.

2. Move faster than you could ever fathom because the [team] is waiting.

3. Never forget that you have a greater responsibility. That it is not just about operating stores. It is not just about selling phones. You have a much greater responsibility and maybe that’s what Steve meant when he talked about enriching lives.

…Be selfless and you will make an incredible impact. — Angela Ahrendts

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  1. Good riddance! My last trip to an Apple store was the most frustrating shopping experience that I have ever had. There were no product labels. I had to wait inline to just to view the product model number on the product itself (iPad). Had to wait in line to look at 3 of them before I found the one I wanted to see. Disgusting product presentation!

    1. I’m very far from being on the left. But even I baulk at a $200 million package.

      Be selfless and you will make an incredible impact.

      Easy to say when you’re shovelling cash faster than a European prince.

  2. “Steve said our job was to enrich lives”. She probably misunderstood Steve and thought about her live. Apple was turned into digital jewelery factory where form and profit is more important than function. That’s why we have to pay hundreds of bucks for ear popping earphones, shitty white tangling cables, notched iPhones, crappy keybords on Macbooks. Mac is no more a bicycle for our minds, it’s a Lamborghini – mix of beauty and technological show-off but less functionality.

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