Friday, April 20, 2012

Building a billion-dollar enterprise, 4

I just read a piece in the Harvard Business Review in which Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson lays forth "The Real Leadership Lessons of Steve Jobs."

If you're reading this, you should go ahead and read that. Here's what you'll find:

  • Focus
  • Simplify
  • Take Responsibility End To End
  • Put Products Before Profits
  • Don't Be A Slave To Focus Groups
  • Bend Reality
  • Impute
  • Push For Perfection
  • Tolerate Only "A" Players
  • Engage Face-To-Face
  • Know Both The Big Picture And The Details
  • Combine The Humanities With The Sciences
  • Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
That's a long list of leadership lesson; Steve Jobs did a lot right.

So, how much of this can I learn? How quickly can I learn it? How can I learn it, quickly?

Important prior questions, perhaps:  How much of this do I already have? How much of this is appropriate for me to appropriate?

On an entirely separate note, I also read this evening a piece that relates to the challenge to overcome my night-owlish ways: "How I Made Sleep A Priority - And Got More Productive," by GOOD software developer Nick Hughes. Once I got past my discomfort with the title (shouldn't "got" be replaced with "became"?), I found it an interesting read about the author's shift from doing what I'm doing right now to getting to bed by 10 pm or earlier on a regular basis.

I consider 2 a.m. my bedtime, and don't always make it to bed by then. I've lived with the ill effects of this long enough to believe quite readily Hughes' reports of benefits gained. But those beneficial results are not my biggest takeaway. My biggest takeaway is this sentence: "I made up my mind to correct my sleep patterns."

"I made up my mind to..." Not, "I felt like I should..."

I need to exercise that muscle more. 

Like now.
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