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Apple Might Never Have Released the Macintosh If This Happened

When Steve Wozniak was asked what he would have done differently if he had been Apple's CEO instead of Steve Jobs, he said he would have been "a lot nicer to people," but quickly added that under his leadership, the Macintosh might never have been released. Jobs was known for being ruthless, controlling, and often ill-tempered. His relentless pursuit of perfection and insistence on pushing products out before they were ready created enormous internal strain. Many couldn't tolerate working for him, and he undoubtedly missed out on a lot of talent because of his abrasive style. Yet, this very approach enabled him to build one of the world's most iconic and successful companies.

For small business owners, such extreme "disagreeableness" isn't necessary. However, many tolerate far too much from employees, vendors, clients, and others.

One reason the character Tony Soprano from The Sopranos was so admired is that he embodied backbone and confidence. Tony didn't take nonsense from anyone and took decisive actions rather than just holding grudges. While his methods were extreme and not advisable, the underlying message is that standing up for oneself and not being overly concerned with critics can lead to becoming a more respected and assertive leader.

This concept directly applies to the security of your business. If you hesitate to take a firm stand and fail to establish clear boundaries to protect your organization, you will be exploited. Cybercriminals and others with their own agendas do not care about your well-being. They aim to exploit your hard work, steal your profits, infiltrate your network, and access your data, putting everything you've built at risk.

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As a business leader, you must adopt a zero-tolerance policy towards threats. Be vigilant, proactive, and ready to eliminate potential dangers before they cause irreversible harm. Furthermore, you must implement robust security measures to prevent malicious actors from accessing your network in the first place. The reality is that if a cybercrime occurs, you will be held accountable, and the media will not hesitate to highlight your failure, damaging your reputation.

Leadership isn't just about toughness—it's also about innovation and driving your company forward using the best strategies and practices. This includes protecting what you've built. One wrong move can undo years of hard work if you don't anticipate and mitigate potential problems.

To stay ahead of cybercriminals and ensure your business is protected, book a 10-Minute Discovery Call with our team of experts for a free IT Risk Assessment. We will analyze your network, identify vulnerabilities, and provide a plan of action to address them. This assessment will give you the peace of mind to focus on what you do best—growing your business.

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