Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 31st Aug 2011 20:31 UTC
Apple "My neighbor, Steve Jobs, has been in the news lately. The talk of the town is the recent announcement he will be stepping aside to let other seeds grow at Apple. The business press, the general press, the blogosphere, and just about everybody else has waxed poetic about the 'greatest CEO of all time' saying that this 'boy wonder' has shaped the very nature of our lives with his genius. It's all true, but here in Palo Alto, Steve Jobs isn't just an icon, he's also the guy who lives down the street." I like stories that put a human being behind a public figure. As much as I dislike Apple's recent policies, Jobs is still just a regular person, like all of us. It's easy to forget that when you're sitting behind a glass desk 4000 kilometres away.
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Corporate CEOs
by WorknMan on Wed 31st Aug 2011 22:22 UTC
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When you view the evil deeds done by many corporations at a distance, you might get the impression that the CEOs of these companies are complete scumbags, but I think most are genuinely good people, despite the evil deeds done by their companies.

As the guy who made the documentary 'The Corporation' points out, running a corporation is like playing hockey. When you're playing hockey, you may body check some dude and cause him to slam into a wall, which is even permitted under some circumstances (like if he has the puck, I believe). But if you did that on the street to a complete stranger, you might get put in jail for assault.

In other words, people running a corporation or inside a hockey rink usually play by a different set of rules when they're inside of these systems as opposed to when they're outside. Some people might argue that the rules should be changed, but that's not really the point in this context.

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