Investors are also happy from Tim Cook because he interacts with them frequently. He sees them as people important to Apple Inc. In case of Steve Jobs, he was a guy from focused on innovation and internal organization affairs and saw investors as people not so desirable and interacting to them was a burden to him.
@WaqasAltaf, You're absolutely right. It's not right to compare Tim Cook's popularity with that of Steve Jobs' These are two different people with different views and business outlook. Yes investors are likely to lean more towards Tim Cook's as he's brought the company more profits well after Steve jobs' depature.
WaqasAltaf, Thanks for refocusing the argument. Steve Jobs did a fantastic job reigniting growth at Apple. Now that he is gone it's up to the Timothy Cook management to take the company to another level. Jobs wasn't given a great company to manage. He created it. They have a great company and now it's up to them to take it to another level.
Great post Bolaji and interesting comments from EBN readers.
George Colony's analysis of the business and sociological position of Apple in my view is correct. It is true that Apple's succession requires "likes for likes" after Steve Jobs departure (being a charismatic leader). Unfortunately this wasn't so. Far from implying that Tim Cook is not a great man with great vision for Apple, at least after Steve's death the company has gone on to and still raking millions in revenue. It is generally the norm when a charismatic leader steps down to replace with similar personality traits. In addition to this, like any other successful organisation, there'll come a time when growth eases, due to a number of reasons. I believe Apple is heading towards this direction too. Apple is not breaking new grounds in terms of innovation. Undoubtedly the company has achieved a great deal by producing products based on its customer's needs and demands. Combined with Steve Jobs outstanding charisma, it's brought Apple success and the company is basking in that glory today. Hence, I support the view that the company "will coast and decelerate". I equally agree with you Bolaji that "the current pace of expansion is not sustainable" With time, Apple will decelerate.
However, no matter what we discuss on forums, Mr. Jobs did enough to proof that he had enough of what it takes to take an organization to the pole position. He proved it and Apple and Tim Cook have to prove it. Within 2-3 years, we will be able to have a clear picture as to whether Apple was great with Steve Jobs or is also great without Steve Jobs.
"But supposed that Apple`s revenues dropped in a few years (This will likely happen because competitiors are working hard to dethrone Apple), are we going to relate that to the guru factor?"
That's a very good question. However, the competitors are not close enough to producing products that could seriously compete with Apple's products. Or, do you have one in mind close enough that could represent a threat in the near future? I just can't think of any, not even a Nokia Windows 8 future tablet at the moment.
The only reason why Apple's revenues might drop would be if its products lack the same quality and innovation that we are accustom to having.
I believe a lot of people working under Steve Jobs did not like his way of running the organization , his autocratic style of running the organization and sometimes his whimsical attitude. But Steve was so passionate about his work that the opinions of such disgruntled people were far outweighed by the people supporting his style of working.
May be after the departure of Steve, there will be more professionalism and more democracy in decision making in the Apple management and that will work in a psotive way for Apple to sustain on a long term basis as the top company in consumer electronics.
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