"What happens when Jobs leaves the stage and nobody else has the same level of charisma and forceful will to continue with his managerial style?"
Bolaji, I think you have raised one of the most critical concern that is in the minds of all Apple fans. It's evident that the success Apple has achieved is solely because of Steve Jobs' leadership and management. I don't think anyone, despite whatever his qualifications and experience be, can parallel Jobs' style and can lead Apple in the same way. Perhaps Jobs himself needs to nominate a successor and train him to lead on his own style.
Though currently Apple is the World's most Valuable Brand, but am not sure for how long the company can maintain this lead. Sales of iPods are down, recently launched iPad2 failed to meet Wall Street expectations. Verizona iPhone sales are also down, and recently Privacy fears were raised as researchers reveal file on iPhone that stores location coordinates. All these facts certainly creates doubts about Apples future.
Apple overtakes Google as world's most valuable brand only because of Steve Jos management and his creativity towards the invention good products like iphone and ipad. Apple's growth have added some luster on other companies like AT&T and Verizon by allowing them to sell iPhone. I wish Apple would stay as a top brand for some more years.
I find Apple’s and Google’s approaches very interesting as they seem like polar opposites in how they realize product offerings to the public.Although I believe both companies highly value the quality of all their products released, Apple seems to have an approach that nothing gets released until its 100% while Google will release early alpha and beta versions of their offerings for the public to try and test and provide feedback.Both companies are very highly valued: rated one and two respectively and I guess you could argue both approaches to which is best.
I liked very much your questions, and guide me to deep thoughts. I don't believe that this management can lead Apple to success. This kind of management can lead slowly Apple into failure. From my part of view is insane to ask from your employees not to doing faults and that faults it is not acceptable. Apple has done great moves (like manufacture Ipad) in the right timing. This is the reason for being Apple No1. Can we say the same in two years from now?
Bolaji this is an intrigue article. @Nemos - "Apple has done great moves (like manufacture Ipad) in the right timing. This is the reason for being Apple No1. Can we say the same in two years from now?" May be or may be not . Then question might still be on spot light wether Apple maintain the top spot or not . Why? Because Google is increasinly soil its hands, and doing fine in region like Africa market where Apple's products - ipad and iphone remain too exorbitant for up to 85% of mobile device users.
In addition, next to Asian pacific region - Africa remains super emerging market for high - tech companies. In which, Google is capturing virtually everywhere in the region ( Google App Engine, Google's Android OS, Google's wireless broadband for some universities etc).
According to WPP, California-based “Apple”, is the most valuable brand in world. The brand value grew 84% to $153.3 billion and the total growth is 859% since 2006. All the apple products such as Apple’s iPhone, smartphones and iPad tablet computers accounted for this growth. This growth bumping search engine Google out of the top spot on the advertising and marketing company’s list of most valuable brands after a four-year run. Six of the top ten most valuable brands were technology or telecommunications companies, including Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft, AT&T, and China Mobile.
Google, number two on the list, saw the value of its brand fall 2% to 111.5 billion and Walmart to become the most valuable retail brand. Facebook made the list for the first time. WPP figures the social network’s brand is worth $19.1 billion.
Brand's value is a matter strictly related to customers relationship. Apple thanks to management, has got that culture and attitude. Here in London at Apple Store they schedule every week courses about technologies, trends, sessions on devices' secrets, way to become geeks on their tech. You receive an incredible and strong support from all, team's size for each half-day is more than 100 people. You can also easily schedule one-to-one session via web. I believe they achieved that position in the rank also for this reason which is a key factor in electronics world.
Whatever doubt the Naysayers may have about the management style of Steve Jobs, I would say that his creativity and the passion for aesthetics and perfection in the product is what has taken the veteren company Apple to No1 position ahead of Google which is the new age company. It must be remembered that this success Apple has achieved after Steve Jobs returned to its fold again. This shows that the Apple management and investors have found the unique qualities of their old captain , the key to taking their company back to the top. Whatever idiosyncrasies this person may have , I am sure he has a strong following in his company and that is why the Company is at the top and I am sure it will remain at the top. I am ready to put my bet on it and I wish JOBs to be at the helm of this company for another two decades so that there is no question about what will happen to Apple after Jobs.
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