From Chris at Forty: One of the things that I’ve always seen as a differentiator between good and great teams is their willingness and courage to ask questions that go beyond the usual surface level stuff.
Since the passing of Steve Jobs, I've been wondering, what does it take to be extraordinary? Extraordinary may be easier to achieve when the focus is creating and delivering products that delight customers. Two former Apple employees give us a glimpse into creating extraordinary products.
From 99%: Hillman Curtis is built like an elite endurance athlete – sinewy and towering. He speaks in a gentle voice with an undercurrent of hard-won confidence. This makeup serves him well, as he can perhaps be best described as a decathlete of creative pursuits. Whatever the event — be it design, web, writing or film — he has shape-shifted and doggedly worked his way to the top over and over again.
From TEDxPugetSound: Internationally acclaimed poet David Whyte is an Associate Fellow at Templeton College and Said Business School at the University of Oxford, David works with many European, American and international companies, using poetry and thoughtful commentary to illustrate how we can foster qualities of courage and engagement. In his talk, David encourages us to remain open to know the dialogue with our surroundings inform and inspire our ideas.
From strategy+business: The level of risk that an organization assumes over time is directly related to the CEO’s personality. Executives with negative personalities, exhibiting nervousness or worry, are less likely to take risks that generally prove to be unfavorable. Research published in British Journal of Management, vol 21, no 2.