By Rob Beschizza at 4:33 am Tue, Aug 25, 2009
Right. And that’s obviously Apple’s biggest problem. What happens when Steve leaves? Apple’s success is a direct result of Jobs’ vision. Once that’s gone, I think it’ll be back to the bad old days of garbage like Apple cranked out in the late 80’s and early 90’s.
Simply no evidence that Apple will do anything other than benefit from Jobs’ vision and attention to detail. You think he’s not training an army of eager successors? That would be counter-intuitive. He’s a perfectionist and tough manager, not a mindless control freak. The culture, IMHO, will outlive his corporeal person.
Can someone please post the article text. The WSJ is unwilling to share anything beyond the two intro paragraphs.
That’s a bit like saying the problem with having a billion dollars is once you have spent it it is all gone.
you have to pay money to read the fkn article! BS
Well, as a fair number of lottery winners have found out, you can get yourself into trouble by suddenly coming into money without any idea of what to do with it. If you have a resource, like a billion dollars or Steve Jobs, you would be prudent to plan for the future. Invest the money, don’t spend all the principal at once, don’t blow it all on cars and boats and houses that will need maintenance. And if you have a visionary, but mortal, leader, you should cultivate in-house talent and nurture the young visionaries of the future. Give them the freedom to try things and make mistakes. Is Apple doing this?
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