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Simple and succinct reasoning, much like his columns. via DaringFireball

Simple and succinct reasoning, much like his columns. via DaringFireball

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  2. Get well soon Steve!! I love when the media speculates on illnesses of everybody.

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  3. Walt is seriously undervaluing what Steve brings to the table. It’s fine to have a first class execution team, but it was Steve that made the decision to pull the trigger on the iPod and the iPhone, which seemed crazy at the time. Apple isn’t Apple if he steps down.

    Unless you’ve run a company you wouldn’t know this. The problem is that most of these journalists have never run a company.

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  4. Michael

    I totally disagree — I have run a company and have brought in a transition team and I was in the same precarious position as Steve Jobs is – though not as important, obviously. So I think it is safe to say, I might have some opinion about this. I think Walt nailed it this time.

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  5. The Apple team is great at execution, but there are no leaders there who can fill Jobs’ shoes. Pointing a team in the right direction is way more important than the team running in that direction effectively. Leadership is everything.

    Why the big wet kiss to him anyway?

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    1. @Michael Arrington — big wet kiss to him: explain who is “him”

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  6. @OM
    Would Steve J have made the same mistakes that Steve B made, if in the same position?
    http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-10144195-75.html?tag=newsFeaturedBlogArea.0
    Would the Apple exec. team let Steve B make those mistakes if they would have worked for him?

    Just something to think about.

    I’m with Michael, but short term everything will be fine. Sort term it’s just about execution and leaders need a team to execute to get where they want to be.
    Managers are not Leaders, but Leaders need Managers for execution. I think we saw that a few times at Apple.

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    1. @ronald

      Thanks for your comment. I am not sure Steve J v Steve B issue – I would say, Steve Jobs has a much stronger team around him – to survive him you need to be very very strong. Since we don’t know what kind of a leader Cook or someone else is, it is hard to jump to conclusions. I think the company will be fine — mostly because the team is good. I am pretty sure you and I will disagree on this :-)

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  7. Well, arrington lasted one post before his hangups got in the way of communication.

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  8. Apple does not ‘need’ Jobs or Woz or Allen!

    “Lest We Forget” – Apple was floundering under Jobs leadership in the 1980′s and had little leadership until the BoD brought in John Sculley.

    John Sculley ‘saved’ Apple from Jobs management style (sic) in the mid 1980′s thru 1993 – Newton was a bit of a wet squibb but perhaps the incubation / inspiration of Palm and the PDA market (?).

    He lowerd Mac prices and competed against a very savvy Microsoft and their Apple look-a-like Windows OS (thanks to turncoat Steve Capps that pioneered Apple OS then left for a job at Microsoft designing Windows); streamlining product (Mac Vs. Lisa vs. Apple III) and creating an corporate infrastructure.

    Scully brought in Del Yocam as COO who structured the company into a lean mean fighting machine and Satjiv Chahil’s briliant global marketing strategy (remember that ’1984 Commercial) okay Chiat Day gets credit as well!! LOL!

    Michael Spindlers – Apples chief European strategist was left alone and catapulted Apple into Europe and the Rest of the World with his marketing strategies and gained significant market share against MS-DOS.

    Steve stepped back into a well structured corporation, a professionally run company with experienced managers, and a clean bill of health (pun intended) to take a creative ‘think tank’ leadership role – and is he irreplaceable? me thinketh not.

    Great figurehead – and so is Queen Elizabeth II – but will Apple and England survive without them? SURE!!!!!

    Soapers

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  9. the guy you gave the kiss to.

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  10. @michael arrington he is a giant amongst men and a gold standard for tech journalists. so why not :-)

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