Just read an HBR article by James Allworth stating that there was one business book that influenced Steve Jobs above all others and that was The Innovator’s Dilemma by HBS Professor and Thinkers50 nominee Clay Christensen.
But as James states:
What’s most interesting to me isn’t that The Innovator’s Dilemma was on that list. It’s that Jobs solved the conundrum.
When describing his period of exile from Apple — when John Sculley took over — Steve Jobs described one fundamental root cause of Apple’s problems. That was to let profitability outweigh passion: “My passion has been to build an enduring company where people were motivated to make great products. The products, not the profits, were the motivation. Sculley flipped these priorities to where the goal was to make money. It’s a subtle difference, but it ends up meaning everything.”
Read the full article here: http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/10/steve_jobs_solved_the_innovato.html