Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Jan 2009 15:25 UTC
Apple Speculation about Steve Jobs' health situation has been a hot topic for a while now, and Bloomberg is jumping on the bandwagon as well - but you have to wonder if there's a limit as to how far journalists should go in order to gain insight into Jobs' health. While his position as CEO of a large publicly traded company puts him on a pedestal, I do believe there are limits to the hight of this pedestal. Bloomberg grossly crossed the line in my book, and Jobs seems to agree with me. "Why don't you guys leave me alone?"
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RE[2]: Wishful thinking
by mabhatter on Mon 19th Jan 2009 22:34 UTC in reply to "RE: Wishful thinking"
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Responsibility? Lets talk about responsibility. How about the responsibility of the CEO of a publicly traded company to provide good leadership. How about the responsibility of the CEO to tell the truth and be honest about their ability and limitations. Jobs knew what being a CEO meant when he took the position. If he wanted privacy, he should have stepped down when he first got sick. Then he could have all the privacy in the world. I have much personal sympathy for anyone going through what he is going through. But lets be honest. Some things in life come with a cost. And the cost of being a famous CEO is lack of privacy when life turns to shit on you.

Realistically, "stockholders" are not Jobs boss... the Apple board of directors (elected by the stockholders) is Jobs boss. I situations like this it's important to remember that. His duty is to keep the board informed. Not the reporters, not the general public.. The board's duty is to decide if they want to accept his "leave" or replace him because it's hopeless and he's not coming back. Complain to the Apple Board, not to random newspapers, his actual health is nobody's business, in so far that his boss is the board of directors, not the general shareholders or even any one big share holder.

That said, I think the board is probably really gun-shy after the last time an Apple board kicked out Steve Jobs... the company went in the toilet for 5 years. In this case, the time is ripe for transition... will Steve see it and plan a graceful transition or make a mess.

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