Be a Jerk: The Worst Business Lesson from the Steve Jobs Biography

“But asshole logic, not surprisingly, tends to ignore facts that don’t sanction one’s own assholery. This distorted reasoning was already prevalent before Steve Jobs’s death, and is only likely to spread as Isaacson’s biography closes in on becoming the best-selling book of 2011. Five years ago, when Stanford professor of management science and engineering Robert Sutton was researching his book, The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn’t, he ran across a disconcerting number of Silicon Valley leaders who believed that Steve Jobs was living proof that being an asshole boss was integral to building a great company.”

“When Sutton published an article in the Harvard Business Review advancing his theory, he was amazed at the reaction. He had published other articles in the Review, many of them longer and better researched, but nothing provoked the response that his asshole article did. Sutton received well over 1,000 emails, and gathered countless horror stories, including one about a worker undergoing chemotherapy whose boss told him he was “a wimp and a pussy.””

“”Even people who worked with Jobs told me that they’d seen him make people cry many times, but that 80 percent of the time he was right, ” says Sutton. “It is troubling that there’s this notion in our culture that if you’re a winner, it’s okay to be an asshole.””

“And effective jerk bosses usually aren’t assholes all the time, they’re able to turn on the charm when the situation demands it, something Steve Jobs, by most accounts, was very good at doing. And it helps for companies to have skilled subordinate executives that are good at cleaning up after the Asshole-in-Chief, much like the sad-faced men carrying shovels who walk behind circus elephants.”

“But Sutton’s book makes clear that for the most part, assholes are bad for the bottom line, to say nothing of the human toll they exact. There are plenty of very successful companies that aren’t led by assholes – Google, Virgin Atlantic, Procter & Gamble and Southwest Airlines among them. Likewise, there are legions of assholes who lead companies that aren’t successful, in part due to their own bad behavior. ”

“Already, the web is full of articles that hold up Steve Jobs as the model of how to lead and succeed in life, with titles such as “Ten Leadership Lessons from the Steve Jobs School of Management” and “21 Life Lessons from Steve Jobs.” Most of these works prefer to focus on Good Steve, but it may not be long until business book authors hone in on the timeless lessons to be drawn from Bad Steve’s asshole ways. The titles write themselves: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Assholes. The One-Minute Asshole. Who’s The Asshole Who Moved My Cheese? ”

“The fact is, Steve Jobs didn’t succeed because he was an asshole. He succeeded because he was Steve Jobs. He had an uncanny sixth sense about what consumers wanted, an unmatched ability to adapt existing technology and turn it into something new, and a commitment to quality that turned ordinary Apple customers into fans for life. Being an asshole was part of the Steve package, but it wasn’t essential to his success. But that’s not a message most of the assholes in the corner offices want to hear.”

Pass this along to all the “assholes” in your life and tell them “a bon entendeur, salut”,”a word to the wise is enough, if the cap fits, wear it”……….;+)



Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), (AKA Mark Twain) 176 th Birthday

We need Mark Twain today!  ;+)   For Your Entertainment (FYE)   “I wanted the American eagle to go screaming into the Pacific …Why not spread its wings over the Philippines, I asked myself? … I said to myself, Here are a people who have suffered for three centuries. We can make them as free as ourselves, give them a government and country of their own, put a miniature of the American Constitution afloat in the Pacific, start a brand new republic to take its place among the free nations of the world. It seemed to me a great task to which we had addressed ourselves. But I have thought some more, since then, and I have read carefully the treaty of Paris [which ended the Spanish-American War], and I have seen that we do not intend to free, but to subjugate the people of the Philippines. We have gone there to conquer, not to redeem. It should, it seems to me, be our pleasure and duty to make those people free, and let them deal with their own domestic questions in their own way. And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.”

“In his later travelogue Following the Equator (1897), Twain observes that in colonized lands all over the world, “savages” have always been wronged by “whites” in the most merciless ways, such as “robbery, humiliation, and slow, slow murder, through poverty and the white man’s whiskey”; his conclusion is that “there are many humorous things in this world; among them the white man’s notion that he is less savage than the other savages.””   “Twain wrote glowingly about unions in the riverboating industry in Life on the Mississippi, which was read in union halls decades later.[75] He supported the labor movement, especially one of the most important unions, the Knights of Labor. In a speech to them, he said:

Who are the oppressors? The few: the King, the capitalist, and a handful of other overseers and superintendents. Who are the oppressed? The many: the nations of the earth; the valuable personages; the workers; they that make the bread that the soft-handed and idle eat.”   “Twain was opposed to the vivisection practices of his day. His objection was not on a scientific basis but rather an ethical one. He specifically cited the pain caused to the animal as his basis of his opposition.

I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. … The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.”

“Mark Twain’s frankest views on religion appeared in his final Autobiography, which was published 100 years after his death, in November 2010. In it, he said,[92]

There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing, and predatory. The invention of hell measured by our Christianity of today, bad as it is, hypocritical as it is, empty and hollow as it is, neither the deity nor his son is a Christian, nor qualified for that moderately high place. Ours is a terrible religion. The fleets of the world could swim in spacious comfort in the innocent blood it has spilled.”

“Twain was a Freemason.[93][94] He belonged to Polar Star Lodge No. 79 A.F.&A.M., based in St. Louis. He was initiated an Entered Apprentice on May 22, 1861, passed to the degree of Fellow Craft on June 12, and raised to the degree of Master Mason on July 10.”

How to Be “Hot” or “Cool” but always “Trendy” & “Fashion-A​ble”

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“If you have your finger on the pulse of the nation’s hottest brands, you’re wearing a Uniqlo jacket, zipping around town in a Kia Soul, cooking with Skillet Street bacon spread and taking notes with a Sharpie pen.”…..and munching a Goldfish….

Lobbying firm’s memo spells out plan to undermine Occupy Wall Street

For Your Entertainment (FYE)   The first sign that Wall Street is “blinking”…….;+)

But, Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Movement is still perceived as lacking direction……….:+(

I think they should tap into the Unemployed US Veterans Special Forces Returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, they could bring a level of strategic and tactical know-how that, in conjunction with the “Cooperative Movement” (instead of the hedge funds and investment banking manipulations) would drive the Movement to “real”, “concrete”, “democratic”, “values of openness, social responsibility and caring for others”, “self-help, self-responsibility, democracy and equality, equity and solidarity” “smart” (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-bound) types of objectives to successfully realize this new “Mission Impossible” Episode: Put USA back on its feet…….;+)

“CLGC’s memo proposes that the ABA pay CLGC $850,000 to conduct “opposition research” on Occupy Wall Street in order to construct “negative narratives” about the protests and allied politicians. The memo also asserts that Democratic victories in 2012 would be detrimental for Wall Street and targets specific races in which it says Wall Street would benefit by electing Republicans instead.”   “According to the memo, if Democrats embrace OWS, “This would mean more than just short-term political discomfort for Wall Street. … It has the potential to have very long-lasting political, policy and financial impacts on the companies in the center of the bullseye.”

The memo also suggests that Democratic victories in 2012 should not be the ABA’s biggest concern. “… (T)he bigger concern,” the memo says, “should be that Republicans will no longer defend Wall Street companies.”

Two of the memo’s authors, partners Sam Geduldig and Jay Cranford, previously worked for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Geduldig joined CLGC before Boehner became speaker;  Cranford joined CLGC this year after serving as the speaker’s assistant for policy. A third partner, Steve Clark, is reportedly “tight” with Boehner, according to a story by Roll Call that CLGC features on its website. ”


“The memo outlines a 60-day plan to conduct surveys and research on OWS and its supporters so that Wall Street companies will be prepared to conduct a media campaign in response to OWS. Wall Street companies “likely will not be the best spokespeople for their own cause,” according to the memo.  “A big challenge is to demonstrate that these companies still have political strength and that making them a political target will carry a severe political cost.”

Part of the plan CLGC proposes is to do “statewide surveys in at least eight states that are shaping up to be the most important of the 2012 cycle.”

Specific races listed in the memo are U.S. Senate races in Florida, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Mexico and Nevada as well as the gubernatorial race in North Carolina.

The memo indicates that CLGC would research who has contributed financial backing to OWS, noting that, “Media reports have speculated about associations with George Soros and others.”

“It will be vital,” the memo says, “to understand who is funding it and what their backgrounds and motives are. If we can show that they have the same cynical motivation as a political opponent it will undermine their credibility in a profound way.” ”


“Cooperatives are based on the cooperative values of “self-help, self-responsibility, democracy and equality, equity and solidarity” and the seven cooperative principles: Voluntary and Open Membership Democratic Member Control Member Economic Participation Autonomy and Independence Education, Training and Information Cooperation among Cooperatives Concern for Community Cooperatives are dedicated to the values of openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Such legal entities have a range of social characteristics. Membership is open, meaning that anyone who satisfies certain non-discriminatory conditions may join. Economic benefits are distributed proportionally to each member’s level of participation in the cooperative, for instance by a dividend on sales or purchases, rather than according to capital invested. Cooperatives may be classified as either worker, consumer, producer, purchasing or housing cooperatives.They are distinguished from other forms of incorporation in that profit-making or economic stability are balanced by the interests of the community. Co-ops can sometimes be identified on the Internet through the use of the .coop gTLD. Organizations using .coop domain names must adhere to the basic co-op values.”   “A worker cooperative or producer cooperative is a cooperative, that is owned and democratically controlled by its “worker-owners”. There are no outside owners in a “pure” workers’ cooperative, only the workers own shares of the business, though hybrid forms exist in which consumers, community members or capitalist investors also own some shares. In practice, control by worker-owners may be exercised through individual, collective or majority ownership by the workforce, or the retention of individual, collective or majority voting rights (exercised on a one-member one-vote basis). A worker cooperative, therefore, has the characteristic that the majority of its workforce owns shares, and the majority of shares are owned by the workforce. Membership is not always compulsory for employees, but generally only employees can become members either directly (as shareholders) or indirectly through membership of a trust that owns the company. The impact of political ideology on practice constrains the development of cooperatives in different countries. In India, there is a form of workers’ cooperative which insists on compulsory membership for all employees and compulsory employment for all members. That is the form of the Indian Coffee Houses. This system was advocated by the Indian communist leader A. K. Gopalan. In places like the UK, common ownership (indivisible collective ownership) was popular in the 1970s. Cooperative Societies only became legal in Britain after the passing of Slaney’s Act in 1852. In 1865 there were 651 registered societies with a total membership of well over 200,000. There are now more than 400 worker cooperatives in the UK, Suma Wholefoods being the largest example with a turnover of £24 million. Spanish law permits owner-members to register as self-employed enabling worker-owners to establish regulatory regimes that support cooperative working, but which differs considerably from cooperatives that are subject to Anglo-American systems of law that require the cooperative (employer) to view (and treat) its worker-members as salaried workers (employees).The implications of this are far-reaching, as this requires cooperatives to establish authority driven statutory disciplinary and grievance procedures (rather than democratic mediation schemes), impacting on the ability of leaders to enact democratic forms of management and counter the authority structures embedded in the dominant system of private enterprise centred around the entrepreneur.”   “Business and employment cooperatives (BECs) are a subset of worker cooperatives that represent a new approach to providing support to the creation of new businesses. Like other business creation support schemes, BECs enable budding entrepreneurs to experiment with their business idea while benefiting from a secure income. The innovation BECs introduce is that once the business is established the entrepreneur is not forced to leave and set up independently, but can stay and become a full member of the cooperative. The micro-enterprises then combine to form one multi-activity enterprise whose members provide a mutually supportive environment for each other. BECs thus provide budding business people with an easy transition from inactivity to self-employment, but in a collective framework. They open up new horizons for people who have ambition but who lack the skills or confidence needed to set off entirely on their own – or who simply want to carry on an independent economic activity but within a supportive group context.”   “New generation cooperatives (NGCs) are an adaptation of traditional cooperative structures to modern, capital intensive industries. They are sometimes described as a hybrid between traditional co-ops and limited liability companies. They were first developed in California and spread and flourished in the US Mid-West in the 1990s.They are now common in Canada where they operate primarily in agriculture and food services, where their primary purpose is to add value to primary products. For example producing ethanol from corn, pasta from durum wheat, or gourmet cheese from goat’s milk.”

SeaSteadun​g and the Future World Government

For Your Enlghtenment (FYE)   “They will have inheritable or negotiable “seats” — a grandfathered position of “standing” allowing them to step up before WG bodiesrepresenting the interests of millions of clients. Large and small. Think this is about autonomy? Or feudal privilege? Or social experimentation? Naw. These guys are smarter than that. It’s about getting in on the ground floor of the 21st century’s great new business frontier”   One thing is for sure, between Norman Livergood requiring from Cooperative Commonwealth Communities (CCCs) candidates to adhere to his thoughts and only his thoughts and testing them to make sure they have the “adequate orthodox pinkish ideology”, in addition for the candidates to bring the capital (US$100,000, US$ 50,000 for the community and US$50,000 to cover the candidates first beginning months,(too bad if you pass the test but don’t have the money, you can’t join)  on one hand, and SeaSteading Thiel and Friedman selfish elitism, on the other hand,  I don’t see that much “social concern” and “compassion” for fellow human beings in all these conversations! This is going to come back to haunt us! :+(   One is pushing a cooperative scam, the others are trying to save their rear end like rats escaping  a sinking ship! :+(   What about the rest of the planet? …….”The Day After Tomorrow” meet “Waterworld” !  ;+)   May Quan Am Enlighten them! ;+)   May the Force be with All of Us!  ;+)   I guess we better brace for more of these displays of the dark side of human nature, before we come back to our “normal” “compassionate” “loveable” traditional humanity!……;+)

The Debunking of the Previous Coming Retirement Revolution Optimism: More Americans expecting to retire in their 80s (If they are still alive)

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“One of the striking results of the survey released Wednesday is that 25 percent of the respondents said they’ll need to work until at least age 80 because they will not have enough money to retire comfortably. Even those who plan on retiring expect they may continue working in some capacity and for various reasons: About 75 percent said they expect to work in their retirement years; About 39 percent said they will need to work to afford things they want or to maintain their lifestyle; and Another 35 percent say they’ll work because they want to. It seems the old expectations of working until one’s 60s and then taking it easy have been cast aside. In the survey, 76 percent of the workers interviewed said it’s more important to have a specific amount saved before retirement, regardless of age. Only 20 percent said it is more important to retire at a specific age, regardless of savings.”   “The median saving goal for retirement among survey respondents was $350,000, while their median savings was just $25,000, about 7 percent of the goal.”   “Retirement planning is still something that most workers haven’t focused on. The survey shows 69 percent of respondents do not have a written financial plan. A majority — 60 percent — said they were overwhelmed or that it was pointless because they’re too far behind to catch up.”   ” Where do these 80 year olds think they’re going to work? I’m in my 50’s and have been unemployed for a long, long time and really have little hope of working again despite degrees and lengthy experience. There are no jobs for people in their teens, 20’s, or 50’s and above. This is the new reality and things are only getting worse.”   ” “Retirement Planning”: now there’s a laugh. Between the scoundrels and thieves on Wall St., and the ineptitude and corruption of government, you’re lucky if you still have your underwear at retirement age. With disasters like Enron and Worldcom, aunt Edna and uncle Zach are now back in the job market, working the night shift at Piggly-Wiggly, while the perps are living in style somewhere in Thailand, or relaxing at our expense in some white-collar, minimum-security resort. Unless you have near-perfect health, expect to be bent over by the healthcare system, sodomized by Big Pharma, and drained by the vampires of “supplemental plans”. Check, please!”   “According to Dr. Dan Ritschel of the Center for History Education at the University of Maryland: “The great Malthusian dread was that “indiscriminate charity” would lead to exponential growth in the population in poverty, increased charges to the public purse to support this growing army of the dependent, and, eventually, the catastrophe of national bankruptcy. Though Malthusianism has since come to be identified with the issue of general over-population, the original Malthusian concern was more specifically with the fear of over-population by the dependent poor!”   “Malthus clarified his view that if society relied on human misery to limit population growth, then sources of misery (e.g., hunger, disease, and war, termed by Malthus “positive checks on population”) would inevitably afflict society, as would volatile economic cycles.”   How are you retiring, living homeless in tent cities, eating from food banks?   Cheers! Enjoy! The Future “New Worldwide Austerity Resistance and Senior Citizens Revolution” is Coming!  ;+)   We will follow the example of David against Goliath and we will NOT go begging, we will go stoning (as in cobblestone slinging)!  ;+)

Fiat 500 Abarth in the USA. After Berlusconi​, Italy send us one of the Best! One of the “Sorcerers​” Abarth, Cooper, Gordini, Issigonis & Redele

If you feel “over the hill”, please, do yourself the favor to drive one of those cars and discover the meaning of “taking a curb in “crab””, “countering the slides” and a car engine “central-rear”………I guarantee, it will take forty (40) years out of your age in a few seconds……..The time you change the gears from one to five and retrograde back from five to one to “pass” that “u” curb on the road from Ajaccio to Cargese in Corsica, making your brakes “white hot”…..;+) But the cars can take it, as they have done it so many times!….;+)

For Your Excitement (FYE)

Believe it or not the Renault 8 Gordini was faster than the Mini Cooper S and won against it several times!……….;+)

Of course, with the engine “central-rear” and the engine power for the weight, you really need to enjoy cutting curbs in “crab” and counter the slides, but what a joy to drive!  ;+)   One of the very few things I “really” miss!  ;+)   BTW, “83” is the “Var” and “06” the “Alpes Maritimes”!….;+)