A pirate can function without a bureaucracy. Pirates support one another and support their leader in the accomplishment of a goal. A pirate can stay creative and on task in a difficult or hostile environment. A pirate can act independently and take intelligent risks, but always within the scope of the greater vision and the needs of the greater team. Pirates are more likely to embrace change and challenge convention.”
Why pirates can be great for any organization. A great excerpt
from Peter Sander’s book What Would Steve Jobs Do?: How the Steve Jobs Way Can Inspire Anyone to Think Differently and Win
on hiring “pirates” to change an organization. A bit long, but a worthwhile read. [PS. Are titles for books really allowed to be that long? Jeez! ]
Ira Glass: OK, I am holding a new iPhone 4S in my hand. This is the one that you can talk to, and it talks back. It’s a program called Siri. So let’s try this. I’m just going to hold it up to the microphone here and push a button.
Ira Glass: Siri, where do you come from?
Siri Software: I, Siri, was designed by Apple in California.
Ira Glass: Where were you manufactured?
Siri Software: I’m not allowed to say.
Ira Glass: Why?
Siri Software: Good question. Anything else I can do for you?”