In Memoriam, Steve Jobs (1955-2011)


My deepest sympathies to his family and those who knew him. Steve Jobs is certainly an American original and he's the Thomas Edison and Henry Ford of our times, combined. Jobs' products make my life easier, more fun, more productive, and more enjoyable every single waking hour of every day.

Starting in 3rd grade, my school had Apple II+ computers and then the Apple IIe and I used these computers a lot (for games and LOGO and BASIC programming). I'm typing this on a MacBook Air, the best computer I've ever owned. He's had a huge impact on my life. I like the suggestion that the photo below, from a 19-year old in Hong Kong, be the new Apple company logo. Rest in Peace.

Some great articles and posts on Jobs and his life:

Wise words from that address:
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. Thanks for this post Mark. I also liked what Seth Godin wrote yesterday ~ “Steve devoted his professional life to giving us (you, me and a billion other people) the most powerful device ever available to an ordinary person. Everything in our world is different because of the device you’re reading this on.

    What are we going to do with it?”

  2. Thanks Mark, and I echo your sentiments.

    I hope that, someday, we’ll be able to learn from Steve Jobs and Apple the way we have from Eiji Toyoda and others at Toyota. As outsiders, we appreciate the achievements, but know much less about what Steve did — on the ground — to manage his companies to such success. Whatever it was, it was pretty awesome.

    But even from this distance, he’s taught us a lot and been an tremendous inspiration.

  3. I love this piece on the Top 10 lessons from Steve Jobs.

    Yes, he yelled and screamed at people sometimes. So did Toyota’s Taiichi Ohno. I think it goes to show that “respect for people” doesn’t always mean just “being nice.” It means demanding the best of everybody. Did Jobs behave badly at times? Sure. But still there’s much to admire about the man and his work.


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