Connecting the Dots
Once a year Jobs took his most valuable employees on a retreat, which he called "The Top 100."
They were picked based on a simple guideline:
the people you would bring if you could take only a hundred people with you on a lifeboat to your next company.
At the end of each retreat, Jobs would stand in front of a whiteboard
(he loved whiteboards because they gave him complete control of a situation and they engendered focus)
and ask, "What are the ten things we should be doing next?"
People would fight to get their suggestions on the list.
Jobs would write them down, and then cross off the ones he decreed dumb.
After much jockeying, the group would come up with a list of ten.
Then Jobs would slash the bottom seven and announce, "We can only do three."