Steve Jobs: Managers and Bozos

4949 2019-08-12 01:02

I came across “bozo management” on the Blind App, and find it’s a very interesting concept. Steve Jobs coined this phrase.

If you cannot watch the video, here are the words from him.

We went through that stage at Apple where we thought, ‘Oh, we’re going to be a big company, let’s go out and hire professional management.’ We went out and hired a bunch of professional management; it didn’t work at all. Most of them were Bozos. They knew how to manage, but they didn’t know how to DO anything.

If you are a great person, why do you want to work for somebody you cannot learn anything from? And you know what’s interesting - you know what the best managers are? They are the great individual contributors who never ever wanted to be a manager, but decide they have to be a manager because no one else is able to do as good job as them.

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