ESL Video Quiz: Steve Jobs talks about managing peopleQuiz #: 25714
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STEVE JOBS : one of the keys to APPLE'S is Apple is an incredibly collaborative company. And so, you know how many committees we have at APPLE ?
interlocutor : No.
STEVE JOBS : 0. We have no committees, we are a very, we are organized like a Startup. One person's in charge of I-phone OS software, one person's in charge of Mac hardware, one person's in charge of I-phone hardware engineering, another person's in charge of Worldwide marketing, another person's in charge of operations ... We are organized like a Startup, we're the biggest startup on the planet, and we all meet for three hours once a week and we talk about everything we're doing, the whole business. And there's tremendous teamwork at the top of the company witch filters down the tremendous teamwork throughout the company. And teamwork is dependent on trusting the other folks to come through with their part without watching them all the time, but trusting that they're gonna come through with their parts, and that's what we do really well. And we’re great at figuring out how to divide things up, into these great teams that we have and all work on the same thing, touch bases frequently and bring it all together into a product, we do that really well. And so what I do all day is meet with teams of people and work on ideas and solve problems, to make new products, to make new marketing programs, whatever it is.
interlocutor : And are people willing to tell you you're wrong ?
STEVE JOBS : yeah!
interlocutor : I mean other than snarky journalists ?
STEVE JOBS : oh yeah, we have wonderful arguments.
interlocutor : and do you win them all ?
STEVE JOBS : oh no I wish I did, see you can't. If you want to hire great people and have them stay working for you, you have to let them make a lot of decisions and you have to be run by ideas, not hierarchy. The best ideas have to win, otherwise good people don't stay.
interlocutor : but you must be more than a facilitator who runs meetings, you obviously contribute your own ideas.
STEVE JOBS : I contribute ideas sure, why would I be there if I didn't?
- worldwide /ˈw3ːldˈwaɪd/ = dans le monde entier
- tremendous /trəˈmendəs/ = énorme
- filter down /ˈfɪltəʳzdaʊn/ = se transmettre
- throughout /θrʊˈaʊt/ = à travers
Steve Jobs talks about managing people
Quiz #: 25714
1. What is the key of Management at Apple ?
2. How many committees does Apple have ?
3. How is Apple organized ?
4. How many times a week do the Apple teams meet ?
5. How long does each meeting last ?
6. Do the teams work individually on a product?
7. How is work organized to make a product ?
8. Does Steve Jobs accept his coworkers' opinions ?
9. Does Steve Jobs work only as a facilitator ?
10. In order to keep powerful people working for you, what should you do ?
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