Archive for October, 2011

Listed here are the 21 irrefutable laws of leadership.  From the analysis of each law at https://lynaynle.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php ,  I found an interesting point about Steve Wozniak’s leadership vs. Steve Jobs’.  Steve Wozniak was the brain behind Apple in the 1970s, but his leadership lid was low.  Steve Jobs’ leadership lid was high, and he built a world-class organization out of Apple.

  • The Law of the Lid – Leadership Ability Determines a Person’s Level of Effectiveness
  • The Law of Influence – The True Measure of leadership Is Influence– Nothing More, Nothing Less
  • The Law of Process – Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day
  • The Law of Navigation – Anyone Can Steer the Ship, But It Takes a Leader to Chart the Course
  • The Law of E.F. Hutton – When the Real Leader Speaks, People Listen
  • The Law of Solid Ground – Trust Is the Foundation of Leadership
  • The Law of Respect – People Naturally Follow Leaders Stronger Than Themselves
  • The Law of Intuition – Leaders Evaluate Everything with a Leadership Bias
  • The Law of Magnetism – Who You Are Is Who You Attract
  • The Law of Connection – Leaders Touch a Heart Before The Ask for a Hand
  • The Law of the Inner Circle – A Leader’s Potential Is Determined by Those Closest to Him
  • The Law of Empowerment – Only Secure Leaders Give Powers to Others
  • The Law of Reproduction – It Takes a Leader to Raise Up a Leader
  • The Law of Buy-In – People Buy Into the Leader, Then the Vision
  • The Law of Victory – Leaders Find a Way for the Team to Win
  • The Law of the Big MO – Momentum Is a Leader’s Best Friend
  • The Law of Priorities – Leaders Understand That Activity Is Not Necessarily Accomplishment
  • The Law of Sacrifice – A Leader Must Give Up to Go Up
  • The Law of Timing – When to Lead Is As Important As What to Do and Where to Go
  • The Law of Explosive Growth – To Add Growth, Lead Followers–To Multiply, Lead Leaders
  • The Law of Legacy – A Leader’s Lasting Value Is Measured by Succession

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Today, I read a story of Brady Quinn, the Broncos’ back-up quarterback,  who left his team behind to fly half way around the world to be by his girlfriend during her surgery.  How sweet is he! Men like that are rare, and admirable.  I can be skeptical saying that he is getting attention at the same time.   Fame and fortune simply make these athletes more of what they already are.  I looked up on Wikipedia for his background and his zodiac sign.  A Scorpio.  I am not 100% into astrology, but believe in some generalized traits or characters.   He is a bright star, indeed and so well-brought up.   I am impressed he graduated from Notre Dame with dual degree in Finance and Political Science.  But I believe more in his inner character.   However competitive he is on the football field, he knows how to treat his woman right.  He is not selfish or egocentric in the relationship field.   It is not just because he could afford the charter to Japan, but because he seems to “just do it” while he can.   The future is hard to tell, but I wish them happiness as they are seen now.

While (insecure and emotionally unavailable) guys nowadays have excuses, can come up with all reasons, I am comforted there are good guys like him out there.   There are other clowns  in the circus; so keep my eyes open and avoid drama boys.

 Do not share your life with someone who does not agree with these three attributes of relationships. Commitment, Affection, and Communication. When both parties have these three down all the rest are either attributed to them or linked to them. Love, sex, trust, time, common interests, money and resolution of arguments. Embrace your partner. Remember they think you are very special and you them. Never forget when you first met.

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It will be all about Steve Jobs for this month in the media, at least in the tech media.   Or should I say, one month of tribute to Steve Jobs. It’s not an overstatement he had touched so many people’s lives that everyone has something to say.   Analysts, writers, anyone who ever worked with him or knew him are now pouring in their writings and thoughts about Steve Jobs, from insiders’ stories to inspirational writings.   Isn’t that typical we always recap or reflect on a person after he/she passed us by???  I am hence inspired to do my writing.

I personally think it was very brilliant of him bringing his products to everyone’s homes and therefore his influence on people’s lives.  He read quotes. I admire him for the way he lived and died.  I like him for his being a Zen Buddhist, for being honest with who he was.

The statement “People loved Jobs not because he didn’t make mistakes – but because he learned from them.” brought me back to my previous post re: “Also part of my credo“.

BNET  has a few good articles on Steve Jobs’ business skills and lessons we can all learn from.   A good analysis by Margaret Heffernan, 6 lessons leared from Steve Jobss. , truly brings out good points on Steve’s management style.

Erik Sherman’s Steve Jobs and His Magical Business Decisions delivers a good recap of what it took for Jobs to be successful.

Since we are committed to continued learning, it is worth re-educating ourselves these key lessons or qualities:

  • Be open to change .
  • Courage is the only choice.
  • Focus also means you have to pick carefully.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Work on principle.
  • When its time to change, make a smart decision and a bold move.
  • Trust is a must in relationships.
  • It’s tough to start over again, but sometimes it’s the only way to move ahead. 
  • A little quiet mutiny never hurt.
  • The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
  • Its not just the design – sleek, chic but minimalistic.  It’s also the functionality. 
  • Think different.

I believe we can draw some lessons learned from his life experiences, or can relate ourselves to him in certain ways.   It ‘s called “the law of attraction”, or “like minds think alike”.   The last paragraph of the “6 lessons learned..”  article really hits home:

The lessons we could learn from Steve Jobs aren’t all that remarkable. Many of them contain wisdom that we already know — we just don’t apply it. Why not? Is it that we lack courage? Or is it that we find it hard to believe that tenets so simple can prove so effective? Surely that’s the moral of the Apple story: there is genius in simplicity. But simple is hard.

My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better. My job is to … take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better, coming up with more aggressive visions of how it could be.

On last note, I enjoy this musical piece “We all are Steve” as a tribute to him.

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The news came out Wednesday night…  The world of technologies lost a founder, a mentor, a friend,  a colleague, a true leader.  The entire world lost a passionate  innovator.

Anyone who had ever been to one of his seminars would know he was not looking healthy…  Still,

It’s so hard to believe Steve Jobs was gone.  He took all the risks.  I am sinking into the thoughts of losing someone to deadly disease…   It was just last year I lost a cousin…   It’s even harder to imagine what it’s like to battle cancer.  My prayers are with him; my thoughts are with the wives, young kids, and loved ones who had to go through such tough times.  It was really hard indeed at my cousin’s funeral seeing how finally accepting they were of the fact that their dad had to go peacefully.

Steve led such a humble, normal life like any ambitious and hard-working person who has a passion to make the world better.  Better off, he had the guts to believe in himself.

For some reasons, I relate him to my cousin of about the same age.  My cousin Mike – a charismatic, quiet man – had to go to college to better his life off in the US and supported younger brothers who were with him in the US, and family in Vietnam.  Coming to the US at young adulthood age, he started out from zero, went to high school in Iowa, attended colleges in California, brought brothers with him whenever he went, established a beautiful family of his own, never forgot about his responsibility as a brother, a son, a child of the family.  As an engineer, he pursued a MS degree while working FT, and continued working throughout his life while supporting his family.  He left this world after a long battle with lung cancer.

“An apple falls to the ground to become a shade-giving tree.”

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. ~Steve Jobs

Interestingly, “knowing you’ll die soon would give you the thinking that you have nothing to lose. You’re already naked…”  is exactly my line, my thinking sometimes, the same meaning as in “you were born naked; and will die naked“.  That is the Zen Buddhist mentality.

In his 2005 Stanford commencement speech, Jobs said:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

By what he means, I ‘d think, we should take it wisely and apply at practical level.  I love quotes.  And I found a best article of his quotes I’ve ever read.

Rest in peace, Mike and Steve.  (On second note, I can’t stand that acronym R.I.P.  It can be translated into anything. It has to be spelled out for the sake of full respect.  Think different.)

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Friday jeans

OK. The United Way campaign season is here. There are “Big Loser” contests, donations, auctions,… going on. And the Friday jeans are here. Buy a green wristband for $25 i can wear jeans on 5 working Fridays. I miss casual fridays with jeans. So I emailed the HR to “count me as one”, and got a reply “sorry they’re sold out”, but we can get some more later this week. Bummer! All sold within half day of the email? So, I am counting my hope on the green wristband…

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Thanks to Geoffrey James for these video clips at http://www.bnet.com/blog/salesmachine/worlds-best-motivational-videos/. I really needed a pick-me-up at this moment.  Since when I like to watch sports/documentary/biography movies or stories…? But I realized they,  really uplift me (as in the muscleprodigy ad) ; they shaped up how I think, react, and judge in any situation.

Being perfect is not about that scoreboard, not about winning; it’s about you, your relationship, you family and your friend.  Being perfect is about being able to look at your friends in the eyes and know that you didn’t let them down because you told them the truth.  And that truth is that you did everything you could; there wasn’t one more thing that you could have done.   Can you live in that moment? Yes you can, with clear eyes and love in the heart, with the joy in your heart.  If you can do that, gentlemen, then you’re perfect.

Some more good quotes and good videos are here.

The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows…  I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. It ain’t about how hard you hit; but its about how hard you did get hit and keep moving forward.   How much you can take and keep moving forward.  That is how winning is done.

I have found that in my life, I have met so many people who were much smarter, talented and luckier than me.  I learn that inspirational lesson from Honda’s founder, Star War’s George Lucas, and many others.   I also know of many  who got hit hard by life, was able to get up, and then indulge themselves in self-destructive behavior or lifestyle, forgot about those rough days of their journeys, and then could never find the courage to get up.  They quit dreaming or believing in themselves again.   Here “dreaming” should not be in the context of “greediness”. There is a powerful quote in “As a Man Thinketh” – “Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves, they therefore remain bound”.

Every party will be over.  Every recession will end.   Success has a price.  The greater success you want in life, the bigger the hits you got to be willing to take.


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