Critical Thinking And Problem Solving August 9th, 2014 Professor Brenda Harper DeVry University
A. In a time were technology just started to take off, Steven Jobs was an innovator to say the least. He had a vision that he turned into an empire.
B. The purpose of my project is to shed light on a man in his prime. My project is also to explain the meaning of leadership and what makes a good leader.
C. I have chosen Steven Jobs, creator of Apple Incorporated.
D. The main idea of my project is to give a brief biography of Mr. Jobs various accomplishments and to explain what made him a good leader in his field.
E. Main areas of the project will be his biography, the meaning of leadership and examples of a good leader.
II. My program is Health Information Technology and my intended career field is Medical Billing and Coding
A. I chose this field so that I can work from home for I have small children to care for.
B. I expect to complete my program in 18 months.
C. The strengths and skills that I will need to be successful in my career field are determination and self discipline.
III. In my opinion characteristics of an effective leader are determination, discipline, honesty, integrity, solid work ethic, empathy and spirituality.
A. Effective leaders are able to set and achieve challenging goals, to take swift and decisive action even in difficult situations, to outperform their competition, to take calculated risks and to persevere in the face of failure. Strong communication skills, self-confidence, the ability to manage others and a willingness to embrace change also characterize good leaders.
B. Personal responsibility, positive self image, strong work ethic, determination, drive, willingness to embrace change, thick skin.
IV. Steven Jobs
A. Steven Paul Jobs was born on February 24, 1955 in San Francisco, California. His unwed biological parents, Joanne Schieble and Abdulfattah Jandali, put him up for adoption. Steve was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs, a lower-middle-class couple, who moved to the suburban city of Mountain View a couple of years later. Paul Jobs and his son
The Santa Clara county, south of the Bay Area, became known as Silicon Valley in the early 1950s after the sprouting of a myriad of semi-conductor companies. As a result, young Steve Jobs grew up in a neighborhood of engineers working on electronics and other gizmos in their garages on weekends. This shaped his interest in the field as he grew up. At age 13, he met one the most important persons in his life: 18-year-old Stephen Wozniak, an electronics wiz kid, and, like Steve, an incorrigible prankster.
Five years later, when Steve Jobs reached college age, he told his parents he wanted to enroll in Reed College — an expensive liberal arts college up in Oregon. Even though the tuition fees were astronomical for the poor couple, they had promised their son's biological parents he would get a college education, so they relented. Steve spent only one semester at Reed, then dropped out, as he was more interested in eastern philosophy, fruitarian diets, and LSD than in the classes he took. He moved to a hippie commune in Oregon where his main activity was cultivating apples.
few months later, Steve returned to California to look for a job. He was hired at the young video game maker Atari, and used his wages to make a trip to India with one of his college friends, in order to 'seek enlightenment'. He came back a little disillusioned and started to take interest in his