Yokoten is a lovely Japanese word which means shared, experiential learning.
The late Steve Jobs set up Apple University to support Yokoten after he was gone.
Apple University is dedicated to developing & sharing the "Apple Way", the set of practices and values, Mr. Jobs left behind.
|19 year old student at Hong Kong's Polytechnic University|
School of Design."Thanks, Steve" by Jonathon Mak Long,
Jobs was a great admirer of the "HP Way" developed by Dave Hewlett and Bill Packard.
In the last decade of his life, Jobs lamented the loss of Dave & Bill's brilliant, humane culture.
I have a number of HP friends and colleagues and am struck by how strongly Dave & Bill still influence HP Culture.
Sadly, given the organization's recent travails, that influence often entails, "Dave & Bill would never allow that to happen!"
In any event, wise leaders build "leadership pipelines" -- to ensure their organization adapt, survive & prospers for generation.
In difficult times, when it often seems we’re led by swine and psychos, let's honour leaders like Jobs, Hewlett, Packard et al.
Leadership is a game with endless innings. We've struck out badly the past decade, but we'll get to the plate again.
History suggests we'll learn and get better.
Indeed, I feel a growing sense of decency and service among the leaders I work with.
Hopefully, the reign of the toxic "expert" -- the disconnected brain who "manages by the numbers from a distance" -- is beginning to pass.
The continuing indictments of high profile executives of such firms will surely help.
Imagine one of these bozos doing a cost-benefit-analysis on Yokoten!
Stay young, stay foolish.