Few decision makers are as good as Steve Jobs was when it comes to doing the right thing at the right time. Mr Jobs connected the dots in a way that others don’t. There was something magical about Steve Jobs in his ability to know what works and what doesn’t. That gut feeling is not based on pure luck; part of it comes by training his senses when analyzing nearly everything around and in the waters of Apple Inc. Mr Jobs not only connected the dots in the present but also in relation to history and the future.
You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.
Steve Jobs, speech at Stanford University, 14 June 2005.
Today, many decision-makers base their decisions on too few facts and don’t take enough notice of what is going on around them. Steve Jobs, however, was a perfectionist whose decisionmaking was based on almost every fact that he could get into his magical sonar system. Business leaders need to develop that sonar system as part of their defence.
Above from the defence part in the www.Sharkonomics.com book.