Lessons from Apple

In this 1984 documentary about Apple Computers the company’s engineers reveal the secrets behind the company’s success: having a dedicated core of self-managed people who have a common vision and are motivated to change the world.

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The “core” that Steve Jobs is talking about can be seen as a tightly-knit network of several people where most of the nodes have the same number of connections to each other. They then decide who else makes it into the larger network of the company’s employees. It’s also interesting how most people say that they’ve been given a chance that no one else would have ever given them. This slight misplacement of the “professional” skills and the actual job that the person had to do seemed to produce a gap that was motivating enough for people to approach their tasks in a more innovative and fervent way.

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