By Jessica Shambora
January 6, 2009

“I think that people overstate that [Steve] Jobs designs every single product and every single piece of software. What [Jobs] has done is put the DNA in the company.”

— Daniel Ernst, analyst for Hudson Square Research, to in reaction to today’s news that Jobs’s alarming weight loss is likely due to a hormone imbalance. Actually, Apple’s

CEO explained his job to Fortune this way in March, 2008: “My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better. My job is to pull things together from different parts of the company and clear the ways and get the resources for the key projects. And to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better, coming up with more aggressive visions of how it could be.”

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