Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli

Revelatory. Deliberately covers all of Jobs’ flaws from his early days at Apple, to show how he learned and grew during his years away to become the kind of leader that could save the company.

Along the way, builds a strong case for the importance of mentors, and for the very capable hands Jobs left the company in when he died.

Three things I learned:
– NeXT once had a deal with IBM to license their operating system to Big Blue, but it fell through because Steve couldn’t handle playing second fiddle
– All of the original five “Apple Renegades” that founded NeXT with Steve quit
– Toy Story spent four years in development before its premiere. Went through at least twelve different versions, including a “last minute” rewrite that delayed its release by a year.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Very hard to characterize or sum up in any way. She’s stuffed it with essays, stories from her life growing up and working in comedy, commentary on social issues, real photos and fake letters.

It’s top to bottom fantastic, but let me try to pull out three of my favorite parts:

  • Her chapter on getting older and the superpowers you acquire made me look forward to turning 40.
  • Her detailing of the lifetime of work it took to get to where she is – that it takes for anyone to “make it” in show business – made me want to be even more supportive to the friends I have that are trying to build that body of work as sketch comedians or screenplay writers.
  • Her “heart” and “brain” apology letters made me hear exactly how insincere I sound when I try to apologize to, but still win an argument with, my wife. I need to give up thoughts of winning and be vulnerable enough to be truly sorry.