In a 1995 interview, Steve Jobs said at every stage of Apple whether he was in his garage or later at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, being successful required vision and execution. Not all of us have the innate abilities of a Steve Jobs and need some help. Not long ago, the tools of strategy and execution were only available in large companies or from consultants. That’s no longer true.
Twenty-five years ago, the Iron Curtain came down and many countries in Europe regained their independence. In 1991, Estonia emerged from communist rule with an incredibly limited and backwards infrastructure. Within the country at that time, only half of the households had phones and there was only one line that went out of the country that only the foreign minister could access. In just over a two-decade period, their turnaround has been astonishing and they have become one of the world’s leading tech countries. And they never looked back.