Much has been written about Steve Jobs. He paved a path that most entrepreneurs aspire to replicate in their own unique way. There are many fascinating aspects to the man, the myth, and the legend that is Steve Jobs.
Pankaj Sharma, a social media expert and entrepreneur I connected with on Twitter, sent me a link to a video of Steve Jobs holding a quarterly retreat in 1985, when he first started NeXT. It's a fascinating look at the 30-year-old entrepreneur at the point when he had just lost control of Apple and was looking to kick-start his next venture with a core group of his loyal teammates.
Besides giving you the opportunity to be a fly on the wall as you watch this powerful icon engage his team in the video, it's comforting to see firsthand that Jobs experienced the very same struggles that we all, as entrepreneurs, have dealt with. Even with a clear vision of what you want to accomplish, the reality of a limited budget, unreasonable timelines, not enough staff, and every conceivable logistic that goes along with starting a company from nothing more than a vision is still present. The clip gives you a sense of shared challenges and a comfort in understanding that we all have the same struggles when looking to build a successful company from the ground up.
Key Takeaways on Holding Effective Meetings
After watching this video and further collaborating with Pankaj, I came up with a number of important insights that we should all take away from studying how Steve Jobs held effective meetings.
As Steve Jobs says in the video, "It's an incredible feeling to know that you can plant a seed of an idea and know that it will grow and change the world ever so slightly." And that, my friends, is what it's all about. Knowing we have the power to change the world ever so slightly is what drives us to be all that we know we are capable of being. Holding effective meetings ensures that our shared passion inspires our entire team to help us turn the vision into reality--to actually achieve what we know we are capable of achieving. Keep dreaming. Keep inspiring. Keep doing what you do best in the world so that we all may benefit from your unique vision.
Thank you, Pankaj Sharma, for your contributions to this article. If any of my fellow entrepreneurs would like to collaborate on a future topic, please reach out to me on Twitter @BillCarmody.