Steve Job’s interview by Walt Mossberg (AllthingD) has got to be one of the best interviews in the history of tech. I’ve seen this interview a number of times now and a couple of parts (sentences really) keep running through my head.
There is this one part in the interview where Steve mentions that he has “wonderful arguments” with the individuals as well as the teams that he works with. Excerpt below. Also included a link to the clip on Youtube:
Jobs: What I do all day is meet with teams of people and work on ideas and solve problems to make new products, to make new marketing programs, whatever it is.
Mossberg: And are people willing to tell you you’re wrong?
Jobs: (laughs) Yeah.
Mossberg: I mean, other than snarky journalists, I mean people that work for…
Jobs: Oh, yeah, no we have wonderful arguments.
Mossberg: And do you win them all?
Jobs: Oh no I wish I did. No, you see you can’t. If you want to hire great people and have them stay working for you, you have to let them make a lot of decisions and you have to, you have to be run by ideas, not hierarchy. The best ideas have to win, otherwise good people don’t stay.
Mossberg: But you must be more than a facilitator who runs meetings. You obviously contribute your own ideas.
Jobs: I contribute ideas, sure. Why would I be there if I didn’t?