“However, the conversation moved from the background to the foreground on Wednesday afternoon as two longtime friends – Ed Catmull and Larry Ellison took part in a panel with Walt Mossberg reflecting on Jobs,” Fried reports. “Naturally, there was lots of talk about Jobs’ charisma, legendary negotiating skills and vision. But, Catmull noted that not all of these qualities were there in Jobs’ early days, something that Ellison agreed cost him his job at the helm of Apple. ‘The way he negotiated, the way he interacted with people, didn’t initially work well,’ Catmull said. However, Catmull said that Jobs was smart enough to see this and learn from it.”
Fried reports, “Ellison reflected on how exasperating his best friend could be. ‘He was a bit of a control freak,’ Ellison said. ‘He was?’ Walt quipped. ‘A little bit,’ Ellison said. ‘He wanted to engineer every bit of the user experience.’ …There was also consensus from the panelists that there really is no way to imitate Jobs just by looking at his management style. As Ellison put it, it’s like trying to paint like Picasso by wondering if you need more red.”
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