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An anecdotal story, a friend of mine was at meetings at Apple and Microsoft on the same day and this was in the last year, so this was recently. He went into the Apple meeting (he’s a vendor for Apple) and when he went into the meeting at Apple as soon as the designers walked in the room, everyone stopped talking because the designers are the most respected people in the organization. Everyone knows the designers speak for Steve because they have direct reporting to him. It is only at Apple where design reports directly to the CEO.

Later in the day he was at Microsoft. When he went into the Microsoft meeting, everybody was talking and then the meeting starts and no designers ever walk into the room. All the technical people are sitting there trying to add their ideas of what ought to be in the design. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Microsoft hires some of the smartest people in the world. They are known for their incredibly challenging test they put people through to get hired. It’s not an issue of people being smart and talented. It’s that design at Apple is at the highest level of the organization, led by Steve personally. Design at other companies is not there. It is buried down in the bureaucracy somewhere… In bureaucracies many people have the authority to say no, not the authority to say yes. So you end up with products with compromises. This goes back to Steve’s philosophy that the most important decisions are the things you decide NOT to do, not what you decide to do. It’s the minimalist thinking again.

Having been around in the early days, I don’t see any change in Steve’s first principles — except he’s gotten better and better at it.

Former Apple CEO – John Sculley from “John Sculley On Steve Jobs, The Full Interview Transcript”

EntreLeadership Conference “Free Lesson” Take-Away

In this lesson entitled “EntreLeadership Defined” Dave Ramsey talks about why he decided to create a conference that intermingls the two ideas of leadership and entrepreneurship.

To help define the two, first he asked the audience to write down a few of their favorite characteristics of a leader and later the characteristics of an entrepreneur. Here are a few of the characteristics they gave him.


  • benevolent
  • sacrifice
  • ethical
  • ethical
  • integrity
  • decisive
  • visionary
  • wise
  • passionate
  • humility
  • bold
  • listener

Dictionary definition: one who rules, guides, or inspires other people


  • assertive
  • creative
  • risk-taker
  • passionate
  • relentlessresilient
  • optimistic
  • confident
  • purposeful
  • tenacious
  • prospector
  • A.D.D. :)

Dictionary definition: person who organizes, operates and assumes risk for an organization.

Then he went on to say that when you put these two together, that is what defines “EntreLeadership.” The bottom line: If you want be an effective leader of any organization, THESE are the traits you need!

so i wrote ‘em down.

Links Referenced:

EntreLeadership Conference

EntreLeadership Conference “Free Lesson”