From the bio he is portrayed as an abusive, frequently hostile and self-centered individual. The majority of people who knew him, did not like him. Those who tolerated him and excused him did so, because they respected his one redeeming quality - he was clearly a genius.
And there is the rub. He got his way, because he was right - a lot. He was a hugely successful genius that people would defer to, so he didn't feel he needed to modify his personality to get along. Actually there was some evidence in the bio that he modified his personality towards others that he felt were on a par with his own genius, Jonathan Ivy or Bob Dylan for example.
He did not have to work on being a better human being toward the rest of the people he interacted with on a daily basis. They were not important other than to serve his needs. He would manipulate people to get what he wanted from them and they'd be "heros", or if he didn't get what he wanted they would be "zeros" and discarded - generally abused on the way out.
Had the people around him chosen not to work with him because of his abusive nature, he would have needed to get along to be successful. He was smart enough and empathetic enough to modify his behavior. However, he didn't have to because such genius is rare. I too would have likely given up almost anything - including my expectation of proper civil behavior - for the chance to work with a "genius".
So, unless you are a genius, no one is going to give you the time of day for Steve-Jobs-Like behaviour. Unfortunately, I think some bad CEOs are going to use Steve Jobs as a model for their management style.
For me, the one clear take away I got for my role as a CEO was:
Focus on only one or two things; things that will have broad and lasting meaning to your market and then sweat every detail to get it to market.
To do those things you don't need to be an asshole.
Until the deaths of Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan , probably almost no one outside their home country had been aware that Canadian troops are deployed in the region.
And as always, Canada will bury its dead, just as the rest of the world, as always will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does.. It seems that Canada 's historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored.
Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance. A fire breaks out, she risks life and limb to rescue her fellow dance-goers, and suffers serious injuries. But when the hall is repaired and the dancing resumes, there is Canada, the wallflower still, while those she once helped glamorously cavort across the floor, blithely neglecting her yet again.
That is the price Canada pays for sharing the North American continent with the United States , and for being a selfless friend of Britain in two global conflicts.
For much of the 20th century, Canada was torn in two different directions: It seemed to be a part of the old world, yet had an address in the new one, and that divided identity ensured that it never fully got the gratitude it deserved.
Yet its purely voluntary contribution to the cause of freedom in two world wars was perhaps the greatest of any democracy. Almost 10% of Canada 's entire population of seven million people served in the armed forces during the First World War, and nearly 60,000 died. The great Allied victories of 1918 were spearheaded by Canadian troops, perhaps the most capable soldiers in the entire British order of battle.
Canada was repaid for its enormous sacrifice by downright neglect, it's unique contribution to victory being absorbed into the popular memory as somehow or other the work of the 'British.'
The Second World War provided a re-run. The Canadian navy began the war with a half dozen vessels, and ended up policing nearly half of the Atlantic against U-boat attack. More than 120 Canadian warships participated in the Normandy landings, during which 15,000 Canadian soldiers went ashore on D-Day alone.
Canada finished the war with the third-largest navy and the fourth largest air force in the world. The world thanked Canada with the same sublime indifference as it had the previous time.
Canadian participation in the war was acknowledged in film only if it was necessary to give an American actor a part in a campaign in which the United States had clearly not participated - a touching scrupulousness which, of course, Hollywood has since abandoned, as it has any notion of a separate Canadian identity.
So it is a general rule that actors and filmmakers arriving in Hollywood keep their nationality - unless, that is, they are Canadian. Thus Mary Pickford, Walter Huston, Donald Sutherland, Michael J. Fox, William Shatner, Norman Jewison, David Cronenberg, Alex Trebek, Art Linkletter, Mike Weir, Jim Carrey, Dan Aykroyd, etc. have, in the popular perception become American, and Christopher Plummer, British.
It is as if, in the very act of becoming famous, a Canadian ceases to be Canadian, unless she is Margaret Atwood, who is as unshakably Canadian as a moose, or Celine Dion, for whom Canada has proved quite unable to find any takers.
Moreover, Canada is every bit as querulously alert to the achievements of its sons and daughters as the rest of the world is completely unaware of them. The Canadians proudly say of themselves - and are unheard by anyone else - that 1% of the world's population has provided 10% of the world's peacekeeping forces.
Canadian soldiers in the past half century have been the greatest peacekeepers on Earth - in 39 missions on UN mandates, and six on non-UN peacekeeping duties, from Vietnam to East Timor, from Sinai to Bosnia.
Yet the only foreign engagement that has entered the popular non-Canadian imagination was the sorry affair in Somalia , in which out-of-control paratroopers murdered two Somali infiltrators.. Their regiment was then disbanded in disgrace - a uniquely Canadian act of self-abasement for which, naturally, the Canadians received no international credit.
So who today in the United States knows about the stoic and selfless friendship its northern neighbour has given it in Afghanistan ?
Rather like Cyrano de Bergerac , Canada repeatedly does honourable things for honourable motives, but instead of being thanked for it, it remains something of a figure of fun. It is the Canadian way, for which Canadians should be proud, yet such honour comes at a high cost. This past year more grieving Canadian families knew that cost all too tragically well.
Lest we forget.
Teach the history of baseball, beginning with Abner Doubleday and the impact
of cricket and imperialism. Have a test.
Starting with the Negro leagues and the early barnstorming teams, assign
students to memorize facts and figures about each player. Have a test.
Rank the class on who did well on the first two tests, and allow these students to
memorize even more statistics about baseball players. Make sure to give equal
time to players in Japan and the Dominican Republic. Send the students who didn’t do as well to spend time with a lesser teacher, but assign them similar
work, just over a longer time frame. Have a test.
Sometime in the future, do a field trip and go to a baseball game. Make sure no
one has a good time.
If there’s time, let kids throw a baseball around during recess.
Obviously, there are plenty of kids (and adults) who know far more about
baseball than anyone could imagine knowing. And none of them learned it this
The industrialized, scalable, testable solution is almost never the best way to
generate exceptional learning.
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