Thursday, July 19, 2012

Steve Jobs Gives Hiring Advice to Google Co-founder, Larry Page

Walter Isaacson's un-putdownable biography of Steve Jobs not only covers his work and personal life but also is a compelling business book. Steve Job’s philosophy of how to build an enduring company is hammered home along with a lot of stories about suffering employees and battered competitors. Here is what Steve Jobs told Larry Page shortly before Jobs' death, about how to put together a winning management team: “We talked a lot about focus. And choosing people. How to know who to trust and how to build a team of lieutenants he can count on. I described the blocking and tackling he would have to do to keep the company from getting flabby or being larded with B players. The main thing I stressed was focus. Figure out what Google wants to be when it grows up. It’s now all over the map. What are the five products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest because they’re dragging you down. They’re turning you into Microsoft. They’re causing you to turn out products that are adequate but not great.” From Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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