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g-f(2)1454 The Vital Role of Teams in Broadening the Vision of Overconfident Leaders: The Case of Steve Jobs


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Introduction (By Fernando):

In the infinite ocean of knowledge, “genioux facts” has brought together a distinguished team of AI-powered chatbots - BardBing ChatbotClaude, and ChatGPT [g-f(2)1262] - to explore the expansive and unexplored territories of the g-f New World. For this genioux Fact post, Fernando engaged in a comprehensive discussion about the big picture of the digital age with the digital virtuoso, Claude. Collaborating with Claude is an inspiring and fruitful experience for Fernando. Claude’s exceptional brilliance is underpinned by robust principles and values.

Building on those rich dialogs and explorations, this post now aims to synthesize key learnings on how teams can broaden the vision of overconfident leaders. 

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How can even the most brilliant leaders avoid blind spots and achieve their full potential? The story of Steve Jobs provides pivotal lessons. Even the most gifted visionaries have blind spots. Surrounding themselves with teams who can courageously challenge their convictions is vital for success.

How did Steve Jobs, booted from Apple despite his brilliance, make a triumphant return and revolutionize the world? 

In 1985, the iconic but overconfident Jobs was ousted from Apple after presiding over sales flops. He later called it "awful-tasting medicine" that "the patient needed."

Jobs realized even visionary geniuses have blind spots. Surrounding themselves with teams who can courageously challenge their convictions is vital for success.

Upon returning to Apple, Jobs came back with humility, hiring people who would push back against his flaws. That cognitive flexibility enabled Apple's resurgence and revolution.

In the marvelous, complex, and hyper competitive g-f New World, the game is transformation, and you win it with golden knowledge (GK) [g-f(2)1256 - g-f(2)1453].

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The story behind this post provides background on the inspirations and collaborative process that led to its creation.

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This post was catalyzed by the HBR article "Persuading the Unpersuadable" and our multi-layered discussions extracting insights on cognitive flexibility, influence, and Steve Jobs as a case study. It builds on extensive prior exploration of the g-f New World, the power of golden knowledge, responsible AI, and digital transformation. Our journey collaborating with the illustrious quartet of AI-powered chatbots - Bard, Bing, Claude and ChatGPT - provided a foundation and multidimensional perspective for this analysis. The post distills key learnings on the vital role teams play in broadening the vision of overconfident leaders by highlighting blind spots missed by even iconic visionaries like Jobs when they lack cognitive flexibility. It aims to contribute an additional block of golden knowledge to illuminate the big picture.


While Steve Jobs is regarded as a visionary genius, insights from his leadership reveal blind spots even the best have. This post explores how ethical influence from teams who challenged his thinking was key to Apple's success.

ULTRA-condensed knowledge:

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This section contains the pure essence of g-f(2)1454 in the form of a genioux GK Nugget and genioux Foundational Fact. 

The ultra-condensed essence distills the core insight revealed through analysis of Steve Jobs' leadership.

genioux GK Nugget:

"If Steve Jobs hadn't surrounded himself with teams who constructively challenged his thinking, he may not have revolutionized the world." — Adam Grant refined by Fernando and Claude

genioux Foundational Fact:

While the legendary Steve Jobs is seen as a visionary genius, much of Apple's success actually came from his team courageously pushing him to rethink convictions and avoid blind spots - an example that cognitive flexibility trumps pure intellect for effective leadership.

Extra-condensed knowledge:

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Here we extract the most relevant golden knowledge from the GK article "Persuading the Unpersuadable" in the form of 10 genioux Facts.

Expanding on the vital insight, the following 10 facts highlight key principles related to cognitive flexibility, influence, and avoiding blind spots.

The 10 most relevant genioux Facts:

These lessons on the case of Steve Jobs reinforce that even visionary leaders need input from diverse perspectives to reach their full potential impact.

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  1. Cognitive flexibility to question one's convictions is vital, but many rigid leaders reject others' ideas.
  2. Though seen as a visionary, much of Apple's success came from Jobs' team pushing him to rethink.
  3. Surrounding overconfident leaders with teams that courageously share alternate perspectives can persuade change.
  4. If Jobs hadn't been open to having his mind changed, he may not have revolutionized the world.
  5. Influence requires managing narcissism and overconfidence to foster humility and consideration of new information.
  6. Cognitive horsepower alone is insufficient - leaders need wisdom to reassess views and avoid blind spots.
  7. When leaders lack willingness for self-reflection, teams must respectfully persuade change through ethical influence.
  8. In a complex world, success depends on cognitive flexibility and not just rigid adherence to initial convictions.
  9. Even visionary geniuses have blind spots and need input from diverse perspectives to broaden their vision.
  10. A leader's legacy depends not just on their intellect but on building teams that constructively challenge their thinking.

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The art of ethical influence is key to broadening perspectives, even in strong-willed leaders. By valuing input from diverse lenses, rigorously reassessing views, and questioning assumptions, visionary change is possible.

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The GK article

Adam GrantPersuading the UnpersuadableHarvard Business Review, From the Magazine (March–April 2021).

Adam Grant

Adam Grant is an organizational psychologist and a bestselling author who explores the science of motivation, generosity, original thinking, rethinking, and potential¹. He has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for 7 straight years¹. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40¹.

He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 5 books that have sold millions of copies and been translated into 45 languages¹. These books include "Think Again", "Give and Take", "Originals", "Option B", and "Power Moves"¹. His books have been named among the year’s best by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal¹.

His viral piece on languishing was the most-read New York Times article of 2021 and the most-saved article across all platforms¹. His next book, "Hidden Potential", is set to launch in October 2023¹.

Adam hosts the TED podcasts Re:Thinking and WorkLife, which have been downloaded over 65 million times¹. His TED talks on languishing, original thinkers, and givers and takers have over 30 million views¹. He has received a standing ovation at TED and was voted the audience’s favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project¹.

His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, Bridgewater, and the Gates Foundation¹. He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, has served on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon, has been honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and has appeared on Billions¹.

Source: Conversation with Bing, 10/14/2023

(1) Bio – Adam Grant.

(2) Adam Grant - Wikipedia.

(3) Adam Grant – Management Department.

(4) Adam Grant Biography, Age, Height, Wife, Net Worth, Family.

Condensed knowledge:

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This section complements previous sections.

On Thursday, March 11, 2021 was published g-f(2)164 The Big Picture of the Digital Transformation, 3/11/2021, HBR, Persuading the Unpersuadable. In today's extraordinarily turbulent world, leaders must be very self-critical. Almost every leader has studied the genius of Jobs, but surprisingly few have studied the genius of those who managed to influence him. The bad news is that plenty of leaders are so sure of themselves that they reject worthy opinions and ideas from others and refuse to abandon their own bad ones. The good news is that it is possible to get even the most overconfident, stubborn, narcissistic, and disagreeable people to open their minds.

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Steve Jobs was forced out of Apple in 1985 after presiding over sales flops despite technical brilliance. Reflecting later, he called the ousting "awful-tasting medicine" that "the patient needed." He learned even his powerful vision had blind spots requiring rethinking convictions. Upon returning as CEO, Jobs came back with openness to be challenged and determination to hire people who would counter his worst instincts. That cognitive flexibility set the stage for Apple's resurgence.

Visionaries like Jobs are crucial, but so are voices like Fadell, Bell, Weeks, and the brave conference questioner who effectively counteracted Jobs' overconfidence. In a turbulent world, success depends on cognitive flexibility - questioning assumptions, avoiding stubbornness, and reassessing views. When visionary leaders lack self-reflection, teams must courageously persuade them to change their minds. Organizations need employees who constructively challenge the blind spots of top-down decision makers. The synthesis of visionary leadership and ethical accountability leads to positive transformation.

The surprising habits of original thinkers | Adam Grant

Are you a giver or a taker? | Adam Grant

Think Again || Adam Grant || Full AudioBook @a1audiobooks

Upon returning to Apple, Jobs came back with humility, hiring people who would push back against his flaws. That cognitive flexibility enabled Apple's resurgence and revolution.

Here are condensed key lessons on avoiding blind spots:

  • Wisdom comes from embracing diverse perspectives, not rejecting input.
  • Jobs' team courageously pushed him to rethink and unlock innovation.
  • Influence requires managing pride to fairly consider new information.
  • Ethical teams must provide reflective challenge when vision lacks accountability.
  • Question assumptions. Rigid adherence to them leads to tunnel vision.
  • Organizations need employees who voice where top-down thinkers miss the mark.
  • Legacy depends on both pioneering vision and the flexibility for others to broaden it.

General Conclusion:

The synthesis of vision and accountability is imperative for transformative leadership. Icons like Jobs needed team members who could effectively counterbalance blinds pots.

Vision without reflective challenge leads to blind spots. But vision plus cognitive flexibility and ethical feedback can change the world.

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