Entrepreneurial imagination and innovation

Steve Jobs - entrepreneur

Building a pathway to people success

Last week, in the week of what would have been Steve Jobs’ birthday, our CEO Adam Hale shared his thoughts on what makes for good entrepreneurial leadership.

Now widely celebrated as one of the most innovative leaders in modern history, Steve Jobs provided the vision and drive that turned Apple into the tech powerhouse it is today, responsible for some of the most popular products ever made. But it was in 1997, when Jobs was re-appointed as CEO of the then nearly bankrupt Apple, Inc., that their iconic “Think Different” campaign would give us an indication of precisely the kind of entrepreneurial imagination Jobs would later come to embody:

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

Although perhaps not always the most likeable of characters (as numerous biographies, books and films have attested), change the world Jobs undoubtedly did. Incredibly successful as a leader, Jobs’ forceful personality is as responsible for Apple’s becoming the most valuable company in the world as the tech itself.

It’s this combination of tenacity and the right tools which is particularly relevant in the world of HR.

Fundamentally people-focused, HR needs great leadership to really reap business benefits – especially where implementing technology is concerned. Recently, we’ve been talking about ‘flying on instruments’ in HR. From hard numbers on productivity and churn, to insight into generational differences that can help adjust to a modern, diverse workforce, implementing workforce data-driven insights can be exceptionally powerful.

The insights it delivers are wide-reaching, and can be vital in making the senior level decisions that really help businesses. Automating processes to gather this information is key to the C-Suite’s ability to lead; after all, it’s difficult to be disruptive when bogged down in the detail. There’s never been a better time to be a leader, as access to real time big data and people analytics that technology now provides leaders to be visionary about where they’re going next.

When it comes to innovative technology then, entrepreneurial imaginations are equally important, and businesses work best when the two are kept in balance, building up exceptional staff alongside exceptional solutions.

A version of this blog originally appeared on LinkedIn.

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