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The Tao of Steve

- Abstract

In 2008, after a six-month leave for a liver transplant made necessary by pancreatic cancer, Steve Jobs returned to Apple headquarters to resume his daily routine. In his authorized biography, Walter Isaacson describes Jobs’s first day back at the office: “He startled his team by throwing a series of tantrums. He ripped apart people he had not seen for six months, tore up some marketing plans, and chewed out a couple of people whose work he found shoddy.”

Apparently it was therapeutic for him. “I had the greatest time being back today,” Jobs said. “I can’t believe how creative I’m feeling.”



About the Author

Daniel Casse is the managing partner of High Lantern Group, a business-strategy firm, and president of G100, a private group of 100 chief executives of large companies.