Jamie Notter did a great job and tied his comments on CEO into his latest efforts regarding humanizing our organizations (http://bit.ly/sbhcNj). Larry Dignan focused on the sales quote in his post for Zdnet. (http://zd.net/uTccT0) This week, I went back and viewed the 2007 joint video interviews Kenzoki (http://www.youtube.com/user/Kenzoki) conducted of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. Wow. Some really great stuff for you and others leading associations and nonprofit organizations!
Confession: I’m not an Apple guy. I don’t have a Mac. Nor an iPhone. Nor, sadly, an iPad. Yet, I can’t help but admire the individual that led these and other innovations.
Nine leadership lessons emerged for you and others in the nonprofit world.
1. Have passion.
1. Have passion.
- Love your work/job enough to persevere through tough times. If you don’t have passion why bother!
- You need to find the right people, turn them lose and trust them.
- Focus on your strengths and your core services/benefits/people. Apple viewed itself as a software company that put its products in a beautiful box.
4. Let go of the past.
- Love this one. Look forward. It’s all about what happens tomorrow. So, go invent tomorrow.
- “It’s great when you show something to someone and you don’t have to convince them they have a problem. They know and say ‘OMG, I need this!”
- Sometimes we in associations decide it is easier to go it alone (Jobs said Apple had same issues). Yet through partnerships, we can create better services for our members/donors. (I think of the Ag Media Summit, a joint annual conference of three organizations that is far better than what the three groups did on their own.)
- This is really important for associations and nonprofits. Our board often approve new projects without reviewing existing programs to determine if they should be modified or eliminated.
- Hearing his advice made me think of Seth Godin’s book “the Dip.” When you are creating exciting stuff you don’t want to give up just before it becomes a success.
- Jobs was famous for his attention to detail and design inside and out. As he said, I want the stuff in a beautiful box.