IT Management Slideshow:The Secret of Apple's Success

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 02-03-2012

Rethink Leadership

Presence and vision influence results, regardless of “face time.” At Apple, employees always pondered, “What would Steve think?”

Rethink Leadership

Embrace Secrecy

Apple grew famous for its windowless “lockdown rooms” – no information went in or out without a reason.

Embrace Secrecy

Turn Processes Inside-Out

Businesses typically start with marketing then design. Apple preaches that design comes first, and dictates everything that follows.

Turn Processes Inside-Out

Focus Obsessively

A student of Buddhism, Jobs understood that even the simplest task should command all of his mastery and attention.

Focus Obsessively

Stay Start-Up Hungry

Jobs refocused the company’s organizational structure by function when he returned in 1997.

Stay Start-Up Hungry

Innovate the Existing

Apple didn’t invent music players or retail stores. But it made both better for consumers.

Innovate the Existing

Own Your Message

Jobs conveyed company ideas with seemingly effortless ease. But every word was consciously intended.

Own Your Message

Hire Disciples

Employees who understand and buy into organizational vision as opposed to just “doing a job” are best-suited to pursue key strategies.

Hire Disciples

Plan for the Long Haul

Before he passed away, Jobs created Apple University to ensure the company’s history and culture would endure.

Plan for the Long Haul

Inspire Imitators

Apple's ideals of accountability and design simplicity now set the standard for others.

Inspire Imitators