Summary of Finding the Next Steve Jobs

How to Find, Hire, Keep and Nurture Creative Talent

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Finding the Next Steve Jobs book summary
Learn how to hire creative people and inspire them to do their best work for you.


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Organizations must be innovative to survive, but their bureaucratic nature often inhibits creativity. The founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s, author Nolan Bushnell explains how to solve this problem in the form of 51 “pongs” – that is, nuggets of advice. He devotes 20 pongs to finding and hiring creative people, and offers some guidance that’s contrary to conventional HR practices. His other pongs address fashioning a creative work environment. His juicy tidbits of advice are a lot of fun and often useful, though the book would have benefited from better organization and less redundancy. getAbstract recommends Bushnell’s insights to managers who want to hire creative people and inspire their best work.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why and how to foster creativity from every member of your organization,
  • How to find and hire truly creative people, and
  • What management methods you can use to enable creative staffers to do their best work.


Why Creativity?
Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari, gave Apple co-founder Steve Jobs his first job. Jobs later lamented that the people at Apple expected him to produce every idea. He realized that healthy companies tap into the brilliance of every employee. Regardless of your business...
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About the Authors

Engineer and entrepreneur Nolan Bushnell founded Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s and is considered an inventor of the video game industry. Gene Stone has served as a ghostwriter on more than 30 books.

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