The Zen Of Steve Jobs

Zen Buddhism shaped Jobs’s design sensibility and business philosophy. One of the Zen principles that be borrowed was that of Ma. Ma states that a thing is defined not just by what it is, but what it is not — that a sculpture is beautiful because of both the rock taken away and the rock left behind. A few … Read more

How Steve Jobs Saved Nike With 1 Simple Advice

In 2006, Nike’s CEO Mark Parker called Steve Jobs for advice. Steve Jobs gave one simple advice: “Nike makes some of the best products in the world. Products that you lust after. But you also make a lot of crap. Just get rid of the crappy stuff and focus on the good stuff.” Nike took the advice and … Read more

The Habit Of Optimally Using Your Decision-making Energy

Barack Obama always wears the same thing: only gray or blue suits. Which is part of his secret to getting so much done. As he told Vanity Fair: You’ll see I wear only gray or blue suits. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I … Read more

Executives, Protect Your Alone Time

Context Today’s culture overemphasizes the importance of constant social interaction. Therefore, we tend to view time spent alone as time wasted or as an indication of an antisocial or melancholy personality. However, great thinkers and leaders throughout history — from Virginia Woolf to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak — have lauded the importance of having a … Read more