Steve Jobs and the Founder’s Pain: And that’s why I like Jony Ive. He too clearly feels that pain (he once insisted they hold up an entire product launch because he didn’t like the polish on the screws) but he doesn’t lash out at people about it. Instead, he sits down with the people involved and works to fix the problem until they get it just right.
But does it require so much pain? My hope is that I can be just as exacting, demand work just as good, without emotionally destroying people in the process. I want to be a perfectionist and a nice guy. I want to be Jony Ive. I hope it works — for my sake, and Apple’s.
[As I’ve said before. I feel the same way. Sociopath or no, I’ve certainly done my fair share of yelling and bi-polaresque it’s great/sucks sort of thing. And still the hardest part remains finding the passion and will to care at that level and yet not allow that to create pain for others. It may not be Ive’s nature, but it is a part of many of us. We can all do better, and learn from those who don’t try to control this.]
Source: Aaron Swartz: The Weblog