TC: Jobs ran Apple like football team

October, 8, 2011
10/08/11
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Apple founder and visionary Steve Jobs tragically lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday. He was 56.

Head coach Tom Coughlin, in an interview with the Giants’ team website, said he read about Jobs’ business philosophies in an issue of Forbes, and found that Jobs ran his business a lot like a football team.

“There’s no other way to say it -- a benevolent dictatorship is what he ran,” Coughlin said. “And because of that, the values, the characteristics, the virtues that he brought to the table were allowed to rise. The way in which he dealt with people and the way in which they utilized the brain power of those that they hired and how they recognized them and how they tried to allow those people new to his team to grow and develop. And also the tremendous pride that he had in his work and the way in which he demonstrated disfavor if something wasn’t up to the standards of Apple.

“So I just got a great kick out of reading about it, because, quite frankly, it’s a lot of what I have researched from the time I was a young person, trying to figure out how I would want to run an organization that I was a part of by studying Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes and Ben Schwartzwalder and some of these people. And here it is. It’s not all that different. When Vince Lombardi talked about armies and businesses and football teams, when you read something as I read last spring about Steve Jobs in Fortune magazine, there wasn’t any question the guy could have been a football coach -- probably a lot smarter than most of us. I’m not sure how the IPad would have been in the huddle, but he probably would have figured out how to get it in.”

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