Steve Jobs: 11 Acts Of Vision - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Infrastructure // PC & Servers
News
10/7/2011
10:36 AM
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn
Slideshows
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Steve Jobs: 11 Acts Of Vision

For Steve Jobs, the term 'visionary' doesn't go far enough. Consider these acts of vision--and the will that it took to make them real.
Previous
1 of 13
Next


Steve Jobs has been praised as a business leader, an innovator, a man who changed the way we live. The word used most often is "visionary."

Take it from President Obama, who characterized Jobs thus in a statement:

"By building one of the planet's most successful companies from his garage, he exemplified the spirit of American ingenuity," said President Obama. "By making computers personal and putting the Internet in our pockets, he made the information revolution not only accessible, but intuitive and fun."

The term "visionary" doesn't go far enough. Plenty of people have visions of something better; Jobs had the will and means to make his visions real.

Jobs had the ability to make the right choice more often than not. And when he went wrong, he learned from his mistakes.

How did Jobs do it? As he told Wired in 1996, vision is the product of a broad education.

"Creativity is just connecting things," Jobs said. "When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they've had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people."

Such diversity of experience, however, Jobs believed was too rare. "A lot of people in our industry haven't had very diverse experiences," he said. "So they don't have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one's understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have."

Jobs had dots to spare.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Previous
1 of 13
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
LMOM000
50%
50%
LMOM000,
User Rank: Apprentice
10/7/2011 | 10:23:56 PM
re: Steve Jobs: 11 Acts Of Vision
Here's another: this Apple commercial from 1983 shows a dog (pit bull, no less) going to work with his owner. Businesses didn't start becoming dog friendly until years later. http://www.ilovedogs.com/2011/...
Commentary
5 Machine Learning Resolutions for 2019
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  12/13/2018
News
What Tech Mega Hubs Will Do to East Coast Cities
Kayla Matthews, Technology Writer,  12/11/2018
News
Daimler Financial Services CIO Says: Don't Get Comfortable
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  12/5/2018
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Enterprise Software Options: Legacy vs. Cloud
InformationWeek's December Trend Report helps IT leaders rethink their enterprise software systems and consider whether cloud-based options like SaaS may better serve their needs.
Slideshows
Flash Poll