Apple CEO Tim Cook is managing like Warren Buffett

“Having just watched Apple’s latest Worldwide Developer Conference, it struck me how clearly the days of Steve Jobs-type presentations are over,” Michael Yoshikami writes for CNBC. “Jobs was an iconic figure and many have been hoping that someone would emerge to replace this visionary. That won’t be the case. Tim Cook isn’t Steve Jobs and he knows it. Get used to it!”

“But here’s the thing critics are missing: Great companies are rooted in great teams,” Yoshikami writes. “Is it possible that Jobs’ real legacy is having constructed a culture and training system that helps create the next generation of leadership at Apple?”

MacDailyNews Take: Oui, il est. (Excuse our French.)

“Despite the absence of Jobs, there is still a wealth of talent at Apple,” Yoshikami writes. “It struck me watching this latest event that perhaps Cook’s perspective on how to run Apple going forward is to operate the business the way Warren Buffett operates Berkshire Hathaway: Delegate to others and hold them accountable. Trust others that they have valid visions and let them contribute to the overall corporate goals of Apple. A team approach; less focus on one person.”

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MacDailyNews Take: We prefer to think Cook is managing like Jimmy Buffett, a very successful businessman in his own right, but a lot more with it than Warren.

13 Comments

  1. The greatest strength in any company is the talent that you employ.

    As Steve used to say “employ the best people you can afford that share your vision”

  2. MacDailyNews Take: “We prefer to think Cook is managing like Jimmy Buffett, a very successful businessman in his own right, but a lot more with it than Warren.” Actually, Warren Buffet often begins his board meetings by playing ukulele. Buffet Jimmy is a mere guitarist.

  3. Hasn’t this been obvious from the beginning. Jobs knew the last thing Apple needed was a poor mans Steve Jobs so that all there would be was comparisons. Even though idiots have still tried that pointless route Cookie was there taking the flak till even the most inbred idiot gave up on that warped thinking while allowing others to do their job below the radar and impose their own personalities until the time was ripe for them to gain their own distinct appeal and thus judged accordingly. People underestimate Cook and indeed SJs plans for the succession. Personally I can’t help smiling that it seems to be going very well and those very idiots are beginning to belatedly see it even if they are still too dim to acknowledge that they saw it wrong.

    1. Nicely said. I’m sure Steve personally knew many high-level corporate types. He picked who he picked. I tend to think he knew what he was doing. (understatement)

  4. Oddly enough, I’m standing in line at the cheesecake factory across from Jimmy Buffets Waikiki location. Just visited the Apple store in Waikiki a few minutes ago.

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