Steve Jobs expectations of yourself. Jobs also expect more of others. And he particularly high expectations of the people to be leaders.
Here is a story about the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs, quoted from the book “Think like the Amazon” by John Rossman, published by Business Insider page.
Steve Jobs told employees a short story when they were promoted to vice president at Apple. If garbage in his office is not clean, Steve Jobs will say to the vice president that he needed an explanation of the doorman. “Well, my door lock was replaced and no keys”, the doorman would answer like that, and it seems to be a reasonable answer, a straightforward explanation. In other words, as a janitor, he was allowed to give a reason.
“When a janitor, he was allowed to have a reason,” Jobs told the new vice president to his office. “But as leaders, not allowed to have a reason.”
“In other words,” Jobs continued, “when employees become vice president, he or she must remove every reason, an explanation for everything. A vice president must be responsible for every wrong mistakes happen, and he explained how unimportant “.
As leader of the “do not be a reason,”
He needs to complete a parts orders, and shipments from suppliers are late? You must make sure that all commitments are clear. He should put out all redundant. Shipment delays could be the fault of the vendors … but ensuring important parts are always available is the responsibility of leadership.
For example, I simply dressed in a flight to Tampa to attend a concert. But my luggage was lost airline do to Veags. I could have packed a backup clothes in a backpack portable, or I can wear nicer clothes on the plane. Lost bags may be the fault of the airline … but to ensure there all dressed up ready for the show is my responsibility.
In this case, always remember the saying: “Pray as if the Lord will take care of everyone, act as if all depends on you”.
Let’s apply this to personal responsibility. Many people feel their success or failure is caused by external forces – especially thanks to the others. For example, if they are successful, is because others have to help them, support them … the others were “on” they. But if they fail, is because others to disappoint them, do not believe in them, not help them … the others were “against” them.
At a certain level, of course, thoughts on the case. No one ever does anything that only the value of their own.
But successful people do not completely rely on others. Successful people always put the backup situation. Successful people always act in the best and plan for the worst. They set clear expectations. They communicate – a lot. They tracked. Their advice and guidance and training. Their leaders and working through other people … but they accept final responsibility.
Why? Because the only thing they know they can control is themselves. They act as if success or failure is entirely in their control. If they succeed, they create it. If they fail, they cause it.
Do not waste mental energies hope – or worry – about what can happen. Put all your efforts and ensure the implementation of everything that happens. Be proactive.
As Jobs said, “stop giving a reason.”
Never make excuses.
Never listed reasons.
And never blame others.
Of course, unless you get the blame – and solved by the next time you will do anything to make sure everything goes according to plan you’ve laid out.