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The Retiring of Mr. Jobs

The Retiring of Mr. Jobs

We are hoping that Mr. Jobs’ absence is temporary and he will soon come for more years to spend at Apple. If that does not happen, Apple is still in good hands.

During all the time he spent at Apple, he made many major contributions, and he also made up a team that can handle Apple if he is not there.

Let us assume that Mr. Cook is the second officer in command at an aircraft. He spent 10 full years learning from the experts. He might not know how the nuclear reactor should be repaired, but yes, he knows how to steer the ship and how to command people. He is talented and smart, and he knows how to make critical decisions. He has a team to advise him, and the final decision will depend upon him.

When Steve Jobs won’t be there, Apple might work differently, but it does not mean poorly. It still has Phil Schiller, Worldwide Product Marketing’s Senior Vice President. He has what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Jobs and Mr. Schiller have been together from many years, and they both played important roles for Apple. You might even say that Apple keeps ticking due to Mr. Schiller.

And then there is Scott Forstall. He has plenty of experience and he can carry on the big thing. He can feel what the customers want from Apple and how their products should be. And this goes true for both Bertrand Serlet and Jonathan Ive.

All these talented people are the emerging faces of Apple. And yet they may not be as dynamic as Steve Jobs, it is wrong to assume that they cannot handle Apple well. They will certainly blossom and take Apple past new horizons.

Yes, every officer is confused and nervous when taking over the ship the very first day. Will he be able to perform well? Can he take wise decisions during stressful situations? But with his own unique style and personality, he does take the ship under his charge. Of course he cannot be a clone of the previous captain, but he does handle his job well, and in a new way.

What do you think will be the future of Apple without Steve Jobs? Do you think the company will be as successful as right now? Let us know about your views.

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