Excerpt from an interview of Horace Dediu by Eric Jackson:
Q: Is Tim Cook the right CEO for the company at this time?
A: I hold the belief that he’s been CEO for much longer than it
seems. Jobs was not a CEO in any traditional sense. He was head
of product and culture and all-around micromanager. He left the
operational side of the company to Cook who actually built it
into a colossus. Think along the lines of the pairing of Howard
Hughes and Frank William Gay. What people look for in Cook is
the qualities that Jobs had but those qualities and duties are
now dispersed among a large team. The question isn’t whether
Cook can be the “Chief Magical Officer” but rather whether the
functional team that’s around Cook can do the things Jobs used
Exactly. That’s not to say Steve Jobs was not in charge, nor that he is not sorely missed. But Tim Cook has been, effectively, running the company for a long time. There are certain decisions and moments requiring leadership where the burden falls on the CEO. But much of Jobs’s authority — product design, marketing, media negotiations — now falls on the shoulders of executives like Jony Ive, Phil Schiller, and Eddy Cue.
★ Tuesday, 17 September 2013