Software Pulse
September 29, 2010

Carmine GalloThe Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs

This excerpt from a new book looks closer at how Apple’s CEO lured one key employee and why inspiring employees is critical to fostering a culture of innovation.

By Carmine Gallo

“Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least 100 times more on R&D. It's not about the money. It's about the people you have, how you're led, and how much you get it.”

So said legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs. His company slogan “Think Different” is more than a marketing tool. It's a way of life--a powerful, positive, game-changing approach to innovation that anyone can apply to any field of endeavor.

“The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs: Insanely Different Principles for Breakthrough Success,” is a new book which reviews Seven Principles of Innovation inspired by Jobs’ leadership. The following excerpt focuses on the importance of inspiring employee evangelists in order to foster an environment that encourages innovation and allows it to flourish.


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How to Be “World-Class” in the Demand Generation

Jeff Ogden

Everyone wants to be at the top of the game and Jeff Ogden of Find New Customers informs you of the most crucial component to being world class in the B2B demand generation in this post to the Blog on Best Practices: Software Marketing.

Televised Apocalypse

Guy Smith

As computer technology continues to take over one appliance after another, Guy Smith of Silicon Strategies Marketing discusses how current views of video entertainment media are quickly becoming archaic in this post to the Blog on Emerging Market Opportunities.

Is Your Key to the Cloud?

Kamesh Pemmaraju

Kamesh Pemmaraju interviews Alok Misra and Ian Gotts on their new book, Thinking of... as Your Key to the Cloud Kingdom? Ask the Smart Questions and discusses how and when a company should consider to resolve its cloud needs in this post to his Blog, Leaders in the Cloud.

A Better Way to Automate Service Operations

As service operations use IT to become more efficient across all processes and workflows, they will need to align their work practices with the strengths of automation. Learn more in this article from The McKinsey Quarterly.

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Top Stories from the Past Week

  1. Senate GOP blocks bill that would promote less outsourcing (Washington Post)
  2. Global CIO: Larry Ellison Is Rewriting the Golden Rule of IT Strategy (InformationWeek)
  3. ‘AngelGate’ Disrupts TechCrunch conference but no ‘Jerry Springer’ Moment (LA Times)
  4. CA Technologies To Acquire Hyperformix (InformationWeek)
  5. Oracle bypassed: Programmers fork OpenOffice (CNET)

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All Headlines: HP’s $130 billion gamble.

VC Activity: SAP founder invests $6 million in SaaS company Panaya.

M&A Deals: IBM to buy Blade Network Technologies.

Executive Moves: Ohio based IT solutions company Agilysys named Henry R. Bond Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

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The best thing Congress can do for Americans right now is lower - not raise - the cost of creating good jobs... This bill would raise taxes on the very job creators that we hope will hire out-of-work Americans, which makes no sense, especially in the middle of a recession.”

- Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on the death of the Senate outsourcing bill

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