“In a recent NY Times article, titled ‘The Auteur Vs. the Committee,’ Randall Stross stokes a debate that rages in world of innovation: Is it better to rely a single genius or group collaboration? Stross centers his analysis on the contrast between Apple, where ‘one is the magic number’ (and we all know who the ‘one’ is), and Google, which ‘has followed the conventional approach, with lots of people playing a role,'” Chunka Mui writes for Forbes.
“Here’s where I come out on this debate: The Apple innovation model is better, as long as you have Steve Jobs,” Mui writes. “Everybody else had better stick to the Google model.”
Mui writes, “Unfortunately (and I say this with all due respect), you’re no Steve Jobs. There are no Steve Jobs in your organization. As Adam Hartung wrote recently, in ‘Why Steve Jobs Couldn’t Find a Job Today,’ you wouldn’t hire Steve Jobs (or his clone) if he applied for a job. And, to put a point on it, Steve Jobs (or his clone) would never apply for a job you have to offer (or perhaps any job at all).”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Don’t underestimate Tim Cook, Jonathan Ive, Scott Forstall, and the rest of the team Steve Jobs has put in place at Apple. We have a hunch that the “Apple innovation model” will work quite well as long as Cook and Ive work together.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “krquet” for the heads up.]
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