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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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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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One of the best articles!
A common sense but not every successful people get it. Many newly successful business persons tend to have the “arrogant, selfish, ruthless” behavior, as in that saying “success goes into your head”… until it comes to the down time be it business or family or else they’d learn that life is all about “ups and downs”, or “everything has its own cycle”.

Being aware of your failures gives you a unique sense of empathy, humility, even humor, that others don’t possess. It means approaching your job, each and every day, with a level of genuine openness to the ideas and positions of others, not in spite of the fact that they differ from yours, but because they do, because you know you might be wrong and they might be right.


Success also means never forgetting to give back to community. This helps build you as a person and grow who you are and your business(es).

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