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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Just regular guys
by ozonehole on Thu 1st Sep 2011 02:47 UTC
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2006-01-07

Yes, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, just regular guys. They have friends, families, neighbors, pets. Then they go to the office and proceed to give orders to destroy other companies run by other regular guys, or launch lawsuits that ruin the lives of others. Or hire corporate lobbyists to screw up the law of the land with patents. Even pressure other countries to screw up their laws too. Then they come home and pet the family dog.

Sorry, I don't buy it. You can't be a psychopath at work and just a "regular guy" at home.

Hitler loved animals too. He was a vegetarian. He'd pet his dog, kiss his girlfriend (Eva Braun), then pick up the phone and order a few million more people exterminated. Regular guy.

Edited 2011-09-01 02:48 UTC

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RE: Just regular guys
by WorknMan on Thu 1st Sep 2011 04:20 in reply to "Just regular guys"
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2005-11-13

Sorry, I don't buy it. You can't be a psychopath at work and just a "regular guy" at home.


Actually you can, which was the point of my post. Not saying that every CEO is a nice guy, but it's possible to be a bastard at running your business, but not in your personal life. It's like the guy you play hockey with... dude might f**k you up on the ice rink, but then turn around and buy you a beer afterwords ;)

Have I known any CEOs like this? Not personally, but have associated with execs high up the food chain. They'll do some stuff at work which I would consider to be 'questionable', ethically speaking. But otherwise, great guys to hang out with.

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RE[2]: Just regular guys
by Fergy on Thu 1st Sep 2011 05:32 in reply to "RE: Just regular guys"
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2006-04-10

Actually you can, which was the point of my post. Not saying that every CEO is a nice guy, but it's possible to be a bastard at running your business, but not in your personal life. It's like the guy you play hockey with... dude might f**k you up on the ice rink, but then turn around and buy you a beer afterwords ;)

Have I known any CEOs like this? Not personally, but have associated with execs high up the food chain. They'll do some stuff at work which I would consider to be 'questionable', ethically speaking. But otherwise, great guys to hang out with.

You are what you act like. People that mostly see you act like a bastard find you a bastard. People that mostly see you act like a nice guy find you a nice guy. Most of the time I hear of Steve Jobs he is being an asshole so guess what he is.

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RE[2]: Just regular guys
by Soulbender on Thu 1st Sep 2011 14:27 in reply to "RE: Just regular guys"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Actually you can


No, you can't. Either you're a psychopath or not.
Not saying all CEO's are though.

But otherwise, great guys to hang out with.


Some people said that about Ted Bundy.

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RE: Just regular guys
by Laurence on Thu 1st Sep 2011 08:04 in reply to "Just regular guys"
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2007-03-26

Hitler loved animals too. He was a vegetarian.

Isn't it a bit early in the discussion to enforce Godwin's law? ;)

In all seriousness though: it's not really known for certain if Hitler was a vegetarian not. There's as much evidence to say he still eat mean, albeit a reduced consumption, as there is to say he was a vegetarian. Thus many argue that the term 'vegetarian' is misused in this instance.

Plus the reasons for his diet wasn't to do with animal wealth-fair; it was primarily dietary reasons. So whatever the semantic is correct, it wasn't out of love for animals the lead to his dietary habits.

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RE[2]: Just regular guys
by judgen on Fri 2nd Sep 2011 18:36 in reply to "RE: Just regular guys"
judgen Member since:
2006-07-12

Actually in his own words he turned vegetarian after visiting a kosher slaughter yard where they forced the animals to slowly bleed to death. If that is true (that he did) i do not know. But that is the way kosher meat is done.

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