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Posted on 2013.03.20 at 00:00
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I appreciate LinkedIn's weekly news, but moreso I enjoy the tips and tricks of the highly motivated and professionally successful business people they quip and quote on there. Stories of failure, and stories of success. Stories of how failure lead to success - stories of why failure is paramount for success. Stories of how to engineer success through attitude alone. All the stuff those of us who are happy embrace and understand, and those who aren't publicly disregard as nonsensical bullshit all the while toiling away in their own self-importance - an interesting term that is rarely applied to ourselves, being a moniker we believe applies only to someone else.

Then there's this Thor guy, who comes off like some sort of Megalomaniac:

“The point is that you can never stand still. It is true for us as well. Launching BB10 just put us on the starting grid of the wider mobile computing grand prix, and now we need to win it,” ~Thorsten Heins

Because being a major player in any market isn't enough.

You have to control it.

What is it exactly we're supposed to be learning from him?


michelle1963 at 2013-03-20 14:22 (UTC) (Link)
Hrm. Yes, there is a fine line between being inspiring and innovative, and a compulsively driven asshole. I was trying to analyze the difference between the two. He does not inspire me. Why? It appears that he does not know how to celebrate his and his employees successes; the current event isn't good enough, he will be ever looking for the next big thing.

Now, this is my impression from a few lines of quoted text. I keep wondering if there was more. And I'm just not seeing the big picture. That said, I really can't imagine what he could say before or after it that would negate the demotivational effect of his statement.
michelle1963 at 2013-03-20 14:46 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the link.

His psychology is not innovative. It is merely competitive. Blackberry is an excellent product, and while I have never had one, I understand that it has features that the iPhone does not. Instead of seeking to beat Apple at its own game - which they will not be able to do (ask anybody who has tried to compete head to head against Microsoft), they need to innovate. Not try to do what Apple does, but do it better; they need to differentiate themselves from Apple by doing something unique.

The article mentioned that Blackberry could run more than one app at a time. Now that is different, it's cool, and it could conceivably make me consider Blackberry over my iPhone - because its different from iPhone.

He sounds like a megalomaniac, because his psychology is competitive; not innovative.
ehowton at 2013-03-20 15:33 (UTC) (Link)
Brilliant! It pleases me to see we're already getting results from your Master's program :D
michelle1963 at 2013-03-21 01:08 (UTC) (Link)
Indeed! And that is only the first class. :)
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