It’s like clockwork: Every time there’s a new iPhone on the horizon, speculation begins circulating that Apple intentionally slows down older devices in order to drive sales of new ones. I’ll be blunt: The notion that this company—bent on world domination, obsessed with innovation—is using its time and resources to slow down your phone is outright ridiculous. If you think that Apple intentionally slows old phones to drive sales of new ones, then might I suggest that you start buying your aluminum foil in bulk at a place like Costco? You’re gonna need it for making all of those hats. Now, to be fair, I don’t necessarily think it would be all that crazy of a thing if Apple did slow old devices. Frankly, that would be sort of a brilliant way to drive sales. But it’s not part of the Apple ethos, and it’s also not really necessary. Think about it: Why would Apple need to slow old phones when it can just deliver newer, better, faster ones—which it does, consistently? Why would a company known for always moving forward be so petty and malicious in screwing with its older devices? It boggles the mind. I dare say the iPhone 6 will continue the trajectory. It will be a better machine than its predecessor, and as such there won’t be any need for Apple to make its old devices perform worse; the new one will simply perform better. If that fails, then maybe Apple will resort to some kind of shady back-end tricks—but I don’t think it will. Just as importantly, I don’t think Apple would ever manipulate old devices in this way. It would be grossly out of character for Apple. This is a company that always looks forward, that believes looking backward is a major waste of resources. Apple doesn’t even really have a good framework for looking back at its older devices. It will continue to press on and march forward, innovating new products that work better and feel better than older ones. It doesn’t need to do anything further to stack the deck in its favor. Again: This is one of the most successful technology companies in the world. It doesn’t have any need for tricks—or for paranoia. Rest assured, then, that your iPhone 5 is not going to suddenly slow as the release of the new model draws near—and if it does, it’s not because Apple is pulling the strings somewhere in cyberspace. Again: If you think Apple is wasting its time to slow down your personal device, can I recommend the bulk-order aluminum foil? Apple isn’t messing up your device. Apple is working to move forward—as it always does.
How can one person—or one company—change the world? It takes big ideas, to be sure, but it also takes more than that. It takes a personal or corporate culture that fosters innovation and problem-solving. It takes a certain sense of showmanship—a commitment to always be selling, marketing those big ideas and proving their mettle. Over the last three decades, michael hageloh, the creator of the Rhythm-Selling System, has exemplified each of these traits time and time again, both in his personal life and in his corporate positions.
A rare authority on Apple, the greatest sales company ever, michael is a world-changer to be sure, and he has accomplished big things through fairly modest tools—which are the principles behind Rhythm-Selling as a system: Such old-fashioned values as superior product development, stalwart customer service, and a ceaseless devotion to a company culture of selling. michael is best known for the 22 years he spent inside Apple, from its formative years up through 2010. During this time he became one of the company’s all-time global sales leaders, generating almost a billion dollars ($1B) in overall revenue, and led Apple’s education division to new horizons and bold achievements. Always framed in authentic conversations with a distinctive rhythm.
In addition, michael sold for Adobe and served at other worthy tech startups. Today he applies his unique perspective to his work as he delivers his Rhythm Selling keynotes globally.
michael can speak with authority on the culture in an organization and the powerful results that can be attained through the recognizing, fine tuning and external manifestation of it. Remember, every word represents your culture. Are you a selling organization or do you just have sales people?
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