Why Apple is the World’s Most Valuable Company

Why Apple is the World’s Most Valuable Company

The way we’re running the company, the product design, the advertising, it all comes down to this: Let’s make it simple. Really simple – Steve Jobs.

I’ve just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s excellent biography of Steve Jobs and I know I’m coming late to that party but one thing that the book really highlighted to me about Steve Jobs’s approach was how he strove for simplicity in everything Apple did.

Jobs is rightly lauded for his beautifully minimalistic product design but what is less well known perhaps is how he ruthlessly stripped away complexity in everything Apple did – from stores to office space to marketing to commercial relationships to product lines and design.

For Steve, less is always more, simpler is always better – Ron Johnson (designer of the Apple stores).

After his second coming Jobs famously held a whiteboard session at Apple where he drew a two-by-two grid. Above the columns he wrote: “Consumer” and “Pro.” He then labeled the rows “Desktop” and “Portable.” He told the team that their job was to create four great products, one for each quadrant. All other products were to be scrapped.

In 1997 Jobs rebranded and relaunched Apple with a marketing campaign based on just two words – “Think Different”. For him it needed be a lot simpler than the reams of copy describing products and features that was the norm at the time.

Once the (iPod) project was launched Jobs immersed himself in it daily. His main demand was “Simplify!” – Walter Isaacson.

Steve Jobs’s legacy to Apple was to put simplicity in its’ DNA and I don’t think it’s coincidence that Apple are now the world’s most valuable company.

(By the way Google..what have you done to AdWords? Simple it ain’t).

“Corporate” CIO? Reinvent yourself here…

“Corporate” CIO? Reinvent yourself here…

We’re getting a lot of “cries for help” lately at gro.team from CTOs/CIOs who are finding themselves at the wrong end of the digital disruption imperative.

Their organisation has woken up to the need to “go digital” and either they have been blamed implicitly/explicitly for the failure to change in the past or the view has been formed that they don’t have the skills necessary to lead their organisation through digital transformation.

This isn’t anybody’s fault of course.

The business world is going through possibly the period of highest change since the industrial revolution and suddenly what is wanted and needed from a CIO is very different from what made a lot of CIOs successful in the past.

Mobile (mobile is overtaking web usage), Social (we’re all in a 24/7 network now), and SaaS/Cloud (software really is eating the world) have changed our opportunities and competitive threats forever.

New waves of disruption from Drones, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics are not hard to foresee..

Some CIOs are riding these waves and have quite happily moved to the intersection of business, product and emerging technology – but others haven’t.

The good news is that if you have successfully led technology transformation in the past then your business, people, change, and technology leadership skills are great raw material.

Give us a shout here for a discreet informal chat about our coaching and workshop services.

We have people who are doing it, have done it, and are happy to share their experiences and make you successful.