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Remember when Jobs returned to Apple? It was 1997, after the failure of the NeXT, and it was not assumed he could affect real change. Even Woz admits he wasn't sure Jobs could fix Apple. In this video Jobs is called out in front of a live audience by a guy who questions Jobs technical understanding and tells Jobs that he doesn't know "what he's talking about." Pretty interesting to watch Steve's response. Saw this from a FastCompany article: http://bit.ly/rkcd7Z

Some thoughts on admitting when you're wrong: I'm big on taking blame and recognizing your own faults. It helps you and others to recognize what you're not good at, and where & how to improve. Sometimes it's hard to admit such things based on where you are in the power structure of a company -- admitting you are wrong can get you fired after all. As the CEO of a company, it's perhaps easier to do, though your shareholders and employees might lose faith if you admit you're wrong. Ultimately, I think you're "safe" to admit such things if you can be honest and genuine enough for people to see past your mistakes and understand you're moving in the right direction. To me, perhaps the biggest mistake a leader can make is to act like he or she is infallible. When you do that, it exponentially increases the damage caused by a weakness that may have been pretty small in the first place.
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I have to admit I didn't even think it was a photo so I found this very interesting to research
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One day Steve Jobs called Google to tell them the yellow gradient in the second "O" wasn't quite right. Seriously.
Icon Ambulance

One Sunday morning, January 6th, 2008 I was attending religious services when my cell phone vibrated. As discreetly as possible, I checked the phone and noticed that my phone said "Caller ID unknown". I choose to ignore.

After services, as I was walking to my car with my family, I checked my cell phone messages. The message left was from Steve Jobs. "Vic, can you call me at home? I have something urgent to discuss" it said.

Before I even reached my car, I called Steve Jobs back. I was responsible for all mobile applications at Google, and in that role, had regular dealings with Steve. It was one of the perks of the job.

"Hey Steve - this is Vic", I said. "I'm sorry I didn't answer your call earlier. I was in religious services, and the caller ID said unknown, so I didn't pick up".

Steve laughed. He said, "Vic, unless the Caller ID said 'GOD', you should never pick up during services".

I laughed nervously. After all, while it was customary for Steve to call during the week upset about something, it was unusual for him to call me on Sunday and ask me to call his home. I wondered what was so important?

"So Vic, we have an urgent issue, one that I need addressed right away. I've already assigned someone from my team to help you, and I hope you can fix this tomorrow" said Steve.

"I've been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I'm not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn't have the right yellow gradient. It's just wrong and I'm going to have Greg fix it tomorrow. Is that okay with you?"

Of course this was okay with me. A few minutes later on that Sunday I received an email from Steve with the subject "Icon Ambulance". The email directed me to work with Greg Christie to fix the icon.

Since I was 11 years old and fell in love with an Apple II, I have dozens of stories to tell about Apple products. They have been a part of my life for decades. Even when I worked for 15 years for Bill Gates at Microsoft, I had a huge admiration for Steve and what Apple had produced.

But in the end, when I think about leadership, passion and attention to detail, I think back to the call I received from Steve Jobs on a Sunday morning in January. It was a lesson I'll never forget. CEOs should care about details. Even shades of yellow. On a Sunday.

To one of the greatest leaders I've ever met, my prayers and hopes are with you Steve.

-Vic
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now i hate facebook!
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