I recently decided to watch the movie Jobs for the first time. As an Apple “fanboy” and an entrepreneur, it certainly strikes a chord with me. It’s hard not to be inspired by an individual who has made such a huge impact on the world in so many ways. I’d like to take a look at the things that I learned from this film. Now, not all of them are good. In fact, some of them are terrible. Such is life.
Don’t Hold a Grudge

This has been difficult for me. Some examples? Well, in 2000 I forgave Wayne Gretzky for being traded to the Los Angeles Kings when I was a child…about a decade after it happened. I hope that gives you an idea of how good I am at letting go. But to watch this film and see the way that Steve Jobs held onto the anger from some of his battles with his board of directors, you recognize that there’s a lot there that you just need to let go. One or two decades later, you need to be able to move on. Wayne, I forgive you.

Connect to People

For Apple, the focus was never on building something that was crazy, it was about building something practical. Sure, some of them were far too expensive and some of them were not necessarily perfect. But the point is that every product you make must be intuitive for a user and it must be something that people can use. I’ve had many conversations with individuals about how interesting it is that “kids these days just know how to operate these devices”. Fact: a two year old in 1900 would have been just as capable of operating an iPhone as a two year old in 2013. New devices, specifically Apple devices, are made to simulate the way we think. When you make the system intuitive, the user becomes competent.

Inspire

If there is one thing that you can do as a leader, you need to inspire. If you really want to move your organization forward, it’s not a matter of you putting your hands into every single medium your staff deal with. Instead, provide your vision and inspire your staff to do what’s right. If you’ve got the right people in place, it’s not about delegation and “the plan”, it’s about inspiring them to move forward. It’s not lead, follow OR get out of the way. It’s lead BY getting out of the way.

Work/Life Balance

This is a huge one for me. I will NEVER put my work before my family. Never. There is no discussion to be had here for me and you can see as the film moves on, the impact that this has on Jobs’ life. It can be difficult. Opportunities present themselves and some of them obviously don’t work out perfectly with your family life. Now, I’m not saying that I don’t leave my family from time to time, find a babysitter and get some real work done, but the difference is that when I am in the midst of changing the world, my family will be beside me, not behind me.