Steve Jobs genius, there’s no other way to describe it. 60 Minutes featured an episode named “Inside Apple” where they described everything from Steve Jobs’ vision to how they created their future products. CEO Tim Cook was interviewed on the show and described Steve Jobs as someone who saw around the curve, a perfectionist, and a visionary who created products before people knew they wanted them. Jobs always reminded employees that their products “should not be great but insanely great.”
This mindset remains at the forefront of Apple today, even though he passed on a couple of years ago. Expectations that products expand their usage beyond their first-generation drive the profit margins to 40%, making the company worth over $600 Billion.
Now 12,000 times more potent than the first ones created. Apple’s tireless drive and commitment have helped them sell over 1 billion phones worldwide. Several color schemes and other meticulous details continually redesign new prototypes that force Apple products to compete. Having internal competition creates more sales rather than rivaling other competitors’ products. Senior Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Dan Riccio reiterated this notion when he identified that the MacBook’s solid construction maximizes the computer, so every one-tenth of a millimeter is optimized.
incubate, and team with other Apple employees remains a key ingredient in their unrelenting success. Chief Design Officer Jony Ive proudly stated that their 22 design team members handle most of the work behind the scenes, and only two have left this department in fifteen years.
Although extraordinary but not impossible, Apple continues to pave the way for innovation. Rather than telling their customers to change, they instinctively built these notions into their vision.
Too often, many would ride the wave of success rather than reflect on how to improve their products for employees. This notion sets up a disaster and a once-promising future. It becomes shrouded in failure because often, people think that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Plan, anticipate and change, similar to what Jobs described and did at Apple, anchor a growth mindset. Those on the other side of this discussion have a fixed mindset that transpires negativity and a “can’t be done” attitude.
Think about what would happen if a company channeled on a growth mindset. The possibilities would be endless. If someone embedded STEM in an organization that centers on the growth mindset, the takeaways would be epic.
However, transitioning someone from conventional thinking and average ability to a highly skilled and developed employee does not happen overnight. It must be well-defined and planned to replicate the same training in the same school, department, or company.
These steps listed below will assist schools and organizations in supporting their students or employees to transform into a growth mindset focused on STEM.
I keep iterating about how much of a genius Steve Jobs was in our time. He saw what others didn’t and went after it.
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