Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th May 2012 17:23 UTC
Apple "For their part, most Apple employees seem more than satisfied with Cook. He often sits down randomly with employees in the cafeteria at lunchtime, whereas Jobs typically dined with design chief Jonathan Ive. It is a small difference that speaks volumes about how employees can expect to interact with their CEO. At Apple, Jobs was simultaneously revered, loved, and feared. Cook clearly is a demanding boss, but he's not scary. He's well-respected, but not worshiped. As Apple enters a complex new phase of its corporate history, perhaps it doesn't need a god as CEO but a mere mortal who understands how to get the job done." A must-read. Quite fascinating.
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by Radio on Thu 24th May 2012 19:17 UTC
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Cook's response marked a distinct change in tone from Jobs, who had been dismissive of the severity of the problem. The new CEO not only visited Foxconn personally, he also allowed himself to be photographed doing so.

Hrmpf. Slightly over the top. As if it was a personal sacrifice to let himself be photographed, when it is in fact basic PR.

Now, all this is fine and dandy, but the real test for Tim Cook's jovial character will come when Apple will face failure. But... Yeah, it may never happen within his lifetime, given how much cash reserves they have secured.

But yeah, one can only judge people on how they react in front of adversity. Anybody can seem nice and competent when things are going fine. A Leo Apotheker or a Stephen Elop seemed competent enough at first...

Edited 2012-05-24 19:18 UTC

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