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Has Apple’s Steve Jobs done his job?

Answered => “How will Apple sustain itself with the resignation of Steven P. Jobs?” on Quora.

http://www.quora.com/Steve-Jobs-Resignation-August-24-2011/How-will-Apple-sustain-itself-with-the-resignation-of-Steven-P-Jobs

=> My answer…

Two things to add:

1) While it’s already been mentioned I think it’s worth repeating: Jobs is closer to fashion designer than a traditional CEO. Much of the work is done by others, he just has final stay. I’m sure he participates in the strategy, details and such. The point is, it’s not a one man/woman company. Or is it?

2) If Apple does not continue to succeed then the fact is Jobs has not done his job. Delivering value for the shareholders is not just a responsibility for the immediate but it should also entail – along with the participation of the board and essential upper management – a long-term plan that separates the impact of specific individuals from long-term shareholder value. Loss of key personnel is a risk that should be addressed like any other risk.

Jobs has not been unexpectedly hit by a bus. This moment has been on the radar for quite some time. It will be interesting to see just how prepared they really are. Under Jobs Apple has certainly done some great things. This however is the true defining moment of his legacy.

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