Posted by: Bill von Achen | August 24, 2011

Steve Jobs on Leadership and Life

We’re all trying to fit in a few days of rest and relaxation before the unofficial end of summer a little more than a week from now. But today, Steve Jobs, the co-founder and legendary visionary of Apple Computer, announced his decision to step down as the company’s CEO. So, despite the hour, I’m compelled to send this post.

Jobs has been a controversial figure during his more than 30 years in the public spotlight. Genius, ego-maniac, visionary, iconoclast. But, whatever your perspective, it’s impossible to deny his impact on technology and on our world today.

In a rare public appearance unrelated to Apple, Jobs gave the 2005 commencement address at Stanford University. His speech is short, less than 15 minutes, but moving beyond words. And it provides an important perspective on business and on life that’s always worth remembering.

To view Steve’s 2005 commencement address at Stanford, go to our Resource page at, and click on the first link under “Leadership.”

Share your thoughts and reflections on Steve Jobs here. Thanks!

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