An insider’s view on how a post-Steve Jobs Apple would work

“Rare among corporate leaders, Steve has never made decisions based on a concern for market reaction,” Jay Elliot, fomer Apple senior VP, writes for Forbes. “He simply is not influenced by whether investors and market analysts will think he’s doing the right thing. But the financial community has come to have confidence in him: his track record for making the right decisions is hard to argue with.”

“Now Steve is following the same frustrating modus operandi about the question of who will take over the helm of Apple should be be forced to step down for health reasons,” Elliot writes. “Everyone who has ever worked closely with Steve knows that, for him, relinquishing control over any aspect of the company or its products is — well, difficult, to put it politely.”

“For eight-plus years, he has been unable [sic?] to stick with his unique day-by-day, hands-on, no-decision-without-my-approval way of creating products and running the company — a style that with almost any other corporate leader has been a virtually guaranteed formula for failure,” Elliot writes. “So far, it’s clear that Steve Jobs has created a team and structure that are capable of functioning splendidly even without him at the helm.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Brawndo Drinker” for the heads up.]

11 Comments

  1. I don’t get it why is everyone making noises about Steve like he is dead already, I think it is extraordinary rude. He is alive. He is ill but he is here with us.

    1. He is on medical leave (a.k.a. sick leave), which doesn’t mean he is sick. How many people here only take a sick day when they’re sick?

      Nothing in his demeanor the other day said that there was anything wrong with him. For all we know, he just may be having too much fun with the new GarageBand for iPad. He was clearly dumbstruck by the sheer awesomeness of it.

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