Jobs life is linked to three inspirations in my own life: Clayton Christensen, TED and Ian Sharp.
this one). I celebrated the fact that The Innovator's Dilemma was chosen as one of the six best business books of all time(click here), and that Christensen was named the top Business Thinker (click here). These posts explain why I think Christensen's ideas are so important, and if you examine the trajectory of Jobs' career, you can see his products as an illustration of Christensen's theories. Consultants from Innosight (the firm founded by Clayton Christensen) had a great article about the innovation lessons learned from Steve Jobs. I've seen lots written about Jobs recently, but that assessment is my favourite.
Authorized biographies often present a somewhat varnished version of events. What has surprised me so far about this book is that it shines a glaring light on both Jobs' brilliance and his less desirable traits. Jobs and Wozniak have just founded Apple, and Jobs' trademark chutzpah, passion and single-minded drive are already evident. The reality distortion field has made its appearance. So has Jobs' arrogance, although that aspect of his personality remains to be polished and honed. His penchant for abuse and his 'anti-loyalty' is disturbing to read about. Perhaps it's a final comment on Jobs' unfailingly high self-esteem that he was willing to support a book that could present him in such an unforgiving light.