The Dark Side of Steve Jobs

This Bill Gates Quote Summarizes What The Tech World Thought Of Steve Jobs


To Gates, Jobs could only interact with people in one of two ways. Jobs was "either in the mode of saying you were s--- or trying to seduce you," the Microsoft leader said. ... Sometimes the wrath was part of the seduction. In 1981, rival Xerox came out with the Star, a computer that was supposed to be the hot new thing. Jobs visited Xerox. He was unimpressed. The Star ultimately flopped. A few weeks after his visit, Jobs called Bob Belleville, one of the Star's hardware designers. "Everything you've ever done in your life is s---," Jobs said, "so why don't you come work for me?" Psychologists have a word for this pattern of behavior: narcissism. Narcissists have a constant need for validation, a willingness to control people, and a ruthlessness in getting their needs met — which, interestingly, often makes them super-effective executives, as was the case with Jobs. "Narcissists thrive in ... leadership situations where they can dazzle and dominate others without having to cooperate or suffer the consequences of a bad reputation," Psychology Today reports. Sounds like classic Jobs.
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