I heard about this book on Knowledge@Wharton Podcast with the author. Felt connected immediately.
- Naturally, it was also about Steve Jobs & author's own 'unlikely journey with Steve'
- The author was a lawyer by education (Harvard). He was recruited to the role of the CFO at Pixar. He was now an author.
- He has a beautiful (Pixar) story to tell.
- A CFO's perspective of everything would be an interesting one.
- For a CFO, the author is a master story-teller. Not that CFO's can not be story tellers. We all are story-tellers. Some just does it better!
- Author's relationship with Steve was so professional & deep, minus all drama that is generally associated with the Genius. I am a fan of Steve Jobs. The fact he was very sensitive, temperamental, actually makes him special.
- It was great to hear how the author moved into Pixar (reminded me of how Steve reached out to John Scully...Pepsi to Apple)
- It touched how the author went about professionally handling diverse challenges within & outside.
- Handling DIsney part was great stuff, as it was about the creative thrust.
- The decision as to how to handle the creative element at Pixar & how to retain the unique DNA of Pixar even at Disney, most inspiring.
- Author's effort to get credit for the supporting staff showed the emotional quotient of himself, and all others who found a way of doing it.
- I always maintain a supporting spouse is critical to professional success. Hillary was a beautiful example (It is valentine's day today!)
- A lot of lessons for corporate leaders. Also a lot of inspiration about building a unique brand.
While Steve is associated with brand-apple, Pixar is as much a part of his brilliant legacy.
- The changing geography is brought out very well. We have moved away so much from Nature.
- The experience of going through two accidents, second almost fatal.
- It was a beautiful journey. And somewhere it made sense to let go. No better way than to move to spirituality? Isn't that is the ultimate goal, purpose of life?