Rick Tetzeli and Brent Schlender, authors of the upcoming book Becoming Steve Jobs, interview Tim Cook about the culture at Apple and its core values.
Steve was almost viewed from the exterior as the micromanager checking to make sure that every i was dotted, and every t was crossed, that every circuit was correct, that every color was exactly right. And yes, he made a lot of decisions. His capacity was unbelievable. But he was just one personand he knew that.
It was his selection of people that helped propel the culture. You hear these stories of him walking down a hallway and going crazy over something he sees, and yeah, those things happened. But extending that story to imagine that he did everything at Apple is selling him way short. What he did more than anything was build a culture and pick a great team, that would then pick another great team, that would then pick another team, and so on.
It’s more about the people on your team and the culture you create than any one person.