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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RE: Corporate CEOs
by tylerdurden on Thu 1st Sep 2011 01:51 in reply to "Corporate CEOs"
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2009-03-17

People are still responsible for their actions.

If you have ever been exposed to corporate culture, it should be clear that one does not reach the upper echelons of capitalism by being "nice." In most cases, businesses do operate in a sociopathic manner structurally. I am sure those fellows may be nice people in private. But that still does not diminish the responsibility they bear for their actions in public.

BTW, let's not forget that "responsibility" is one of the reasons used by CEOs and other highly paid officials to justify their exorbitant salaries and compensations.

Save your concern for those who really need/deserve it.

Edited 2011-09-01 01:55 UTC

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RE[2]: Corporate CEOs
by WorknMan on Thu 1st Sep 2011 04:15 in reply to "RE: Corporate CEOs"
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Edited 2011-09-01 04:16 UTC

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RE[2]: Corporate CEOs
by Soulbender on Thu 1st Sep 2011 14:20 in reply to "RE: Corporate CEOs"
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2005-08-18

Hmmm...I read somewhere that sociopaths grow up to become great leaders, successful businessmen or serial killers.

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RE: Corporate CEOs
by marcp on Thu 1st Sep 2011 09:00 in reply to "Corporate CEOs"
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2007-11-23

And what do you think "CEO" stands for? come on ... !

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