Yesterday, Emily Chang from Bloomberg West interviewed Andy about her work with Steve Jobs. The following are highlights from the interview.
Asked about her impressions of the the upcoming Aaron Sorkin/Danny Boyle biopic about Steve Jobs, Andy said, “It’s a wonderful film. It’s an incredible character study of an incredibly complex man and I think Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle did a fabulous job with it.”
Andy went on to describe the leadership lessons she learned from Steve: “I think Steve was an amazing leader and I think that he did three things incredibly well. He inspired his workforce incredibly, he stretched each team member way beyond what they thought their limits were and he was really bold and really brave. He put a stake in the ground and he did whatever it took to make it happen.”
On Apple today (specifically the Apple Watch): “I love the Apple Watch. I think Steve would be very proud of the Apple Watch actually. I think they have done a good job. I think they need to speed up on innovation -- that was one thing I think they have slowed down a bit since he left, but from a marketing perspective I think they are doing a great job. I think they are capitalizing well on the cult-like nature of the Apple community. That was a surprise that we all stumbled upon back when we launched the Macintosh. We didn’t realize it was going to be a cult-like product and as soon as we realized that, we started capitalizing on it and making a community out of it and making it cool.”
Of all the CEO’s that Andy has worked with, there are three in particular that left a deep impression, “I’ve worked with hundreds of CEOs in my lifetime but only two that I’ve worked with that I think embody some of the traits that he had. I think one is John Chambers from Cisco, and I think the other is Reed Hastings from Netflix. And there’s a third CEO, Brian Chesky, whom I’ve never worked with, from Airbnb, whom I have great admiration and respect for. They all do those three things well; they inspire their workforce, they stretch people beyond their limits, and they are really bold and really brave. They don’t care what other people think about them. They all do it in very different ways. John Chambers was very upright, conservative and professional. Reid Hastings is very earnest and had very high integrity about everything, and Brian just seems to be going for it and I love that!”
The interview ended with a note about Steve’s vision for the future: “Steve told me a long time ago that what he is making is ‘appliances’ (that’s what he called them) and he said he wanted to put a mother in a box. Which meant that every time you picked up an Apple product and took it out of the box it would just work for you beautifully without any effort.”
Check out Andy’s interview on Bloomberg West!