“Fuxk you guys, do whatever you want. You’re responsible!” Yelled Jobs after he let the team make iTunes available to Windows. *1
“This is a fuxking insult to everything I’ve done at this company … Get out of my office you two jerks!” Said Bill Gates after he let the XBOX team develop its own operating system instead of using Windows. *2
I find these exchanges fascinating.
What does it take for teams to get there, where emotions are allowed to be thrown around?
Where personal attacks aren’t really personal?
Is it more liberating to work in an environment where people can let loose, become unhinged, and “be themselves?”
What is it like if I don’t need to be concerned about how I manifest my emotions, from laughing out loud to cursing someone’s extended family?
Can the team throw the same tantrum back at Jobs and Gates?
Is this the ultimate form of #bossbetter?
*1 – “Making iTunes available for Windows changed everything for Apple” https://qz.com/136239/making-itunes-available-for-windows-changed-everything-for-apple/
*2 – “Xbox: The Oral History of an American Video Game Empire.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2021-01-06/xbox-the-oral-history-of-an-american-video-game-empire