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A childhood experience teaches Steve that arguments, debates and disagreements are necessary.

“Through an incredibly talented group of people bumping up against each other…having arguments, having fights…and working together, they polish each other, they polish their ideas.” (Click for Video)


Steve met with Apple division heads once a week in a 3-hour meeting where they would discuss everything. He helps people solve their issues and let them figure out the rest.

“If you want to hire great people and have them stay working for you, you have to let them make a lot of decisions. You have to be run by ideas, not hierarchy.”
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Steve was passionate about understanding the thought processes within his company. !

He set up a mailing list for every project, to keep a pulse on the disagreements, arguments and decisions happening within each team.

The mailing list was reduce time spent in meetings, increased quality of decisions, as a result of the various kinds of “intellectual content� that was shared within the company. !

“…[the mailing list is]… a window for management to look at the process of this organism we call our company… in a way that has never before been possible.”
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Steve was passionate about pushing everyone to their fullest potential. He recognized that he already had smart people in his team, all brimming with ideas. ! !

Steve was a master at extracting those ideas and polishing them until they were the life-changing products we use today. !

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