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For 12 years, it was Ken Segall’s job to make people love Apple. As creative director for NeXT and Apple, Segall worked closely with Steve Jobs to pivot Apple from near bankruptcy to a value of $153 billion within the course of a decade. Segall has documented the secrets to Apple’s success and how other companies can apply them in his New York Times bestseller, Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success, and his follow-up book, Think Simple: How Smart Leaders Defeat Complexity.
Segall spearheaded Apple’s game-changing “Think Different” campaign. He is also famous for naming the “iMac,” thus sparking Apple’s iconic “i” product craze. Additionally, Segall’s talent and obsession with technology has landed him jobs marketing for IBM, Intel, and Dell.
As an author and speaker, Segall explores how business leaders around the world are raising profits by cutting complexity in their products and operations. An internationally in-demand presenter, he’s delivered keynotes about the power of simplicity on five continents.
Ken Segall is one of the most admired creative executives in the marketing industry. He led the creative team behind Apple’s iconic Think different campaign and set Apple down the i-path by naming the iMac. With wit and insight, Segall speaks to companies worldwide about the power of simplicity, coloring his presentation with stories about life in the world of Steve Jobs.
Ken Segall is the author of the book, Think Simple — the follow-up to his New York Times bestseller, Insanely Simple. A self-proclaimed technology enthusiast, Segall worked closely with Steve Jobs as his ad agency creative director for 12 years spanning NeXT and Apple. He has also served as worldwide agency creative director for IBM, Intel, Dell, and BMW.
Segall is an international speaker on the power of simplicity. His message has struck a chord across a wide range of industries in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, opening eyes to the benefits of simplicity that are available to all.
In Insanely Simple, Segall showed how Steve Jobs’s love of simplicity helped propel Apple from near-bankruptcy to become the world’s most valuable company. You could see it in the way Apple innovates, advertises, sells at retail, and even organizes itself internally. In Apple’s success, there are valuable lessons for every company’s success.
In Think Simple, Ken Segall goes beyond Apple to show how simplicity is powering many different companies around the world—big and small, famous and under-the-radar, established and start-ups. The book is based on interviews with more than 40 CEOs and business leaders, including those at Whole Foods, The Container Store, Ben & Jerry’s, Charles Schwab, Telstra, Bank of Melbourne, and many more.
Creative force, Ken Segall talks about his experiences working with Steve Jobs and how any company can apply the principle of simplicity that Jobs used to drive both Apple’s products and operations. He’s careful to point out that even though you may feel that your organization is currently drowning in complexity, history has shown that simplifying is doable and viable.
In the case of Apple, it’s important to note that the company was heavily weighed down with multiple problems when Steve retook the helm after an eleven-year exodus. “The company was bloated. It was mediocre,” Segall details. “He had to attack it much as any person would today looking at their own existing company. And he was able to streamline and get rid of committees and do all those things that he is talked about.”
Steve Jobs’s communicator of choice, Ken Segall shows companies worldwide how to boost their bottom line by embracing simplicity. Segall offers compelling insider stories from his decade at Apple, during which Jobs stepped in to transform a bloated failing company into the world’s most valuable business. However, Segall does more than entertain; he helps organizations draft a roadmap to eliminate complexity from their operations and move toward a simpler, better business model.
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Creating ads for Steve Jobs was exciting, intense, scary, empowering and fun. Most important, it was a learning experience. Ken witnessed firsthand how the love of simplicity can create better products, fanatic customers, and more fulfilled employees.
In this talk, he shine a light on the elements of simplicity that have driven the success of Apple and other companies, enabling them to outthink their competitors.
He's got plenty of fascinating behind-the-scenes stories to share, all of which support my thesis: Simplicity is the most powerful force in business—and it’s something that any person or company can put to work today.
Inside Apple Advertising
Apple has long been the gold standard for advertising creativity, quality and effectiveness. That’s because Steve Jobs was as uncompromising in his ads as he was in his products.
Here, Ken focuses on some of Apple’s more famous advertising moments, taking the audience behind the scenes to understand the sometimes-crazy road from concept to air. He shares stories about strategies, creative development and product. If great marketing is your quest, it helps to hear how some great campaigns were born.
Working the Steve Jobs Way
Steve was as advertised—difficult and sometimes brutal—but he was also one of the most effective business leaders in history. It was a mix of talent and personality that allowed him to lead Apple from the brink of extinction to unimaginable success.
In this talk, Ken takes a closer look at Steve’s management style, illuminating principles that anyone can adopt to motivate employees, make better products and streamline complicated companies.
“A fantastic session: focused, deeply insightful…and simple! Ken was a huge hit with an audience of hundreds of CEOs and CXOs.”— Google, Mumbai, India
“Ken totally captivates and energizes. He hit exactly the right tone for our audience—so much so that we had to delay the start of our next presentation, while our team queued to meet him.”— Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, London, UK
“Ken’s Insanely Simple speech serves as an energizing inspiration and wake-up call.”— Procter & Gamble, Panama City, Panama
“A motivating talk! I could feel the temperature of the room going up and up. The students were inspired, and their spirits uplifted.”— Doshisha Business School, Kyoto, Japan
“The agency was buzzing…Ken Segall shared so many principles that could/should be applied to both us and our clients. He inspired and energized.”— DDB, New York, NY
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Think Simple: How Smart Leaders Defeat Complexity
Simplicity is arguably the most potent weapon in business—attracting customers, motivating employees, helping outthink competitors, and creating new efficiencies. Yet rarely is it as simple as it looks.
Ken Segall’s first book, Insanely Simple, was based on observations gained from twelve years working as Steve Jobs’s advertising agency creative director, first with NeXT and then with Apple. He saw firsthand that Jobs looked at everything through the lens of simplicity. His obsession with simplicity was not just visible in Apple’s products. You could see it in the way the company organized, innovated, advertised, sold at retail, and provided customer service.
In practice, simplicity was Jobs’s most powerful business weapon. It helped Apple distinguish its products and create entirely new product categories, and it put distance between Apple and its competitors. But, while Apple is a terrific example of a company that has been propelled by the power of simplicity, it is hardly alone.
Inspired by the ways Apple has benefited from the power of simplicity, Segall set out to find other companies that were traveling this path. He wanted to learn more about the thinking of their leaders. He felt that if he could chronicle the experiences of those who have successfully simplified, it would be an invaluable guide for everyone who would like to do the same.
This book is the result of his journey into simplicity in companies around the world.
Many of the “heroes of simplicity” profiled in this book are probably not on your list of usual suspects. Segall had conversations with over forty men and women from a wide range of industries, in companies big and small, established and up-and-coming, famous and below under the radar.
Each leader has a fascinating point of view about how simplicity has helped improve his or her company and set it apart from competitors. Each is unique, yet, as you’ll find, many display interesting similarities.
From Jerry Greenfield, you’ll hear how Ben & Jerry’s grew from local to global without losing its focus and simple values. From the CEO of one of Australia’s biggest banks, you’ll hear how simplicity is attracting new customers. From former Apple Senior Vice President Ron Johnson, you’ll hear how a simple idea aligned the team creating the worldwide network of Apple Stores.
You’ll discover how simplicity influences the CEOs of The Container Store and Whole Foods. You’ll get insights on simplification from the worlds of fashion, automobiles, entertainment, and technology. You’ll even get inside the blue heads of the Blue Man Group, who developed a business strategy to defeat complexity before it could take root.
No principle is more important for businesses today than simplicity. In this insightful and often surprising book, you will learn how to harness the power of simplicity to build lasting, profitable organizations.
Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success
Simplicity isn’t just a design principle at Apple—it’s a value that permeates every level of the organization. It’s what helped Apple recover from near death in 1997 to become the most valuable company on earth in 2012.
As ad agency creative director, Ken Segall played a key role in Apple’s resurrection, helping to create such critical marketing campaigns as “Think Different” and naming the iMac.
This book makes you a fly on the wall inside a conference room with Steve Jobs, and on the receiving end of his midnight phone calls. You’ll understand how his obsession with Simplicity helped Apple perform better and faster, sometimes saving millions in the process.
Segall brings Apple’s quest for Simplicity to life using fascinating (and previously untold) stories from behind the scenes. Through his insight and wit, you’ll discover how companies that leverage this power can stand out from competitors—and individuals who master it can become critical assets to their organizations.
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