Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Oct 2010 20:54 UTC
Apple Is it an indication of Steve Jobs' (in)famous strive for perfection, or just stupid bone-headedness? The white variant of the iPhone 4 was first delayed for a few weeks, but those few weeks became 'end of the year'. Now we know why: the manufacturers Apple employs are apparently having issues matching the shades of white of the various components. This anecdote ties in nicely with a very interesting interview with John Sculley about Steve Jobs' ways of doing business.
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Akio Morita
by DeadFishMan on Fri 15th Oct 2010 22:51 UTC
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Despite my feelings towards Sony today I am a huge admirer of Mr. Akio Morita after I read his biography a few years ago and I think that these days there are few if any CEOs that are really comparable, Jobs himself included, so I think that it was wise to attempt to mimic his style.

Mr. Morita had, as stated on the interview, a legendary attention to details but, unlike Jobs, he was a very humble person - which seems to be an inherent virtue of many Japanese people, it seems - and willing to compromise to accommodate other people's ideas, especially from engineers (Seriously, if you what you sell is a tech-based product, you definitely should listen to your engineers first and then look at the design people to see what they can do afterwards with what the engineers created/can create! It is common sense!) which is something that Jobs downright refuses to do for better or for worse.

But it is hard to fault Jobs today and Apple's current performance in the market and its position as an industry trend setter are testaments to his leadership skills. But whatever... I still think that his products are way overpriced and that he is an elitist ass... ;)

Edited 2010-10-15 22:53 UTC

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