Business success - all smooth on the outside and crunchy within. This was my impression after reading two books the first 'icon' the Steve Jobs biography http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0471720836/qid=1127418787/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_11_1/202-7637700-6753425and the second 'The Boss' the Alex Fergusen biography. http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0743429915/qid=1127418665/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_10_2/202-7637700-6753425
Both stories had a lot in common. The success of these two men is on record and it would be simple to assume (as I did...) that their success was a consequence of great vision, a philanthropic attitude, and teamwork...ooops, how naive of me. If you are to believe these accounts both men are petulant, insecure, driven, aggressive, unreasonable ... the list goes on. These success stories are littered with broken promises, betrayal, back stabbing and bullying. Success and personality perfection do not go hand in hand it seems and this kind of drive and energy is fueled by fear and emotional pain (the dark side...). Jobs was adopted and Fergusen was the son of a cold and domineering father for whom nothing was good enough. Achievement was always trumped by not achieving enough. So, I take heart from these books, if business is feeling bumpy and disjointed it is not necessarily a bad sign - personality chaos is a great precursor of success. Can anyone tell me of any success stories that represent the light side, I'd love to know? Or is success always bent out of shape?