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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

January 05, 2006

Despotic Leaders of the World

Two interesting articles in The Gonad today, both on perfectionist leaders who make huge demands on their employees. First this, on The Fall: Dave Simpson tracks down everyone who has ever been a member of Mark E Smith's band:
Some of this was tongue-in-cheek. Smith confessed to me that he used to fine drummers £5 each time they hit the tom-tom, and that on tour in Europe he would employ the 'European phrasebook', sending guitarists to say things like 'I am a flower' in German. Hanley's brother Paul, a drummer, remembers how one of Smith's favourite jokes was to 'take new members abroad just so he could send them home'."

(I'm not a fan, but it's interesting reading.)

And then this on Steve Jobs' preparations for his famous keynote addresses:
I believe it is one of the most important aspects of Steve Jobs's impact on Apple: he has little or no patience for anything but excellence from himself or others.


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