I'm not sure that any of us really feel the enormity of the passing of Steve Jobs quite yet. I think it's probably fair to say that this man, as a CEO of a publicly traded company, has had more impact on our lives than any other CEO. Or at the very least, he is part of a very short list of CEOs who have infiltrated our lives to this extent.
This man, along with others for sure, changed the face of personal computing (Apple, iPad), animated films (Pixar), listening to music (iPad), connecting with each other (iPhone), etc. His work has evolved how we all get through our day, do our work, enjoy our free time, and communicate. I can't think of another CEO who has had such impact on my life, that's for sure.
What I admire most about Steve Jobs is how he made the user experience so easy and intuitive. Now maybe it wasn't Steve who did all of that, but it was under his watchful eye. And that's what CEOs do -- inspire, innovate, guide, and direct. He's a shining example for us all.
And it's not like it all came easy to him. He had very humble beginnings, working out of his parent's garage. There was controversy and drama and strife along the way, but he plowed through it all and came out a winner. Good for him, and great for his family as they carry his memory and legacy forward.
I know that I will always remember Steve Jobs as the CEO who had the greatest positive impact on my life. An amazing brand, an amazing innovator, an amazing brand experience. RIP, rest in good memories.
What's your experience? Jim.