I haven't read any books or seen any movies about Steve Jobs but I'm wondering if someone can comment on his methods to get the best out of his people. From comments so far it seems like he could blow a fuse and go off on people but my experience is that can backfire and really isn't a very effective strategy unless used extremely sparingly. Top quality talent tend to have enough pride, ego, and options that they don't tolerate being yelled at. The best motivators I've worked for were people I just wanted to please because I respected them. Did his motivational style vary depending on the level of the employee? For example, was he less likely to yell at an engineer working in the trenches?