Lessons from Apple 3: Working collaboratively

Jobs worked hard to foster a culture of collaboration at Apple. many companies pride themselves on having few meetings. Jobs had many. “Our method was to develop integrated products, and that meant our process had to be integrated and collaborative,” Jobs said.

From Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography 

I think collaboration is really important. Education is an example of an integrated product. It’s vital that senior management teams meet frequently, and often, with a clear agenda, to ensure that the team is collaborative.

This approach also applied to key hires. He would have candidates meet the top leaders rather than just the managers of the department where they wanted to work.  

It’s important that everyone in the senior management team meets any potential new members of staff. The new employees have to fit in. They have to be right for the team. That means that all leaders need to meet them.

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