In the flood of commentary after Jobs announced his sick leave, some contrarian opinions
Conventional wisdom has it that the company’s existing product lines are in good hands, but that Jobs will be sorely missed when it comes time to invent the next iPod, iPhone or iPad.
On Wednesday, Silicon Alley Insider‘s Dan Frommer turned that thinking upside down. “By removing himself from the day-to-day grind at Apple,” he writes, “Steve can think bigger-picture and longer-term about gadgets, technology, and how humans will use them in the future.”
Case in point: The iPad, an idea Apple had been kicking around for years, but which was turned into a marketable product only after Jobs came back from his last leave of absence.
But it’s Rik Willard, in a piece published in CNN International, who has the real contrarian position.
The founder of a consulting group called RULE7MEDIA, Willard argues that Apple had nowhere to go but down under Steve Jobs’ outdated counter-culture leadership.
Hmm. We’ll stick with the conventional wisdom. For a smart take on that, check out Brad Stone and Peter Burrows analysis of Jobs as a classic “charismatic leader” in today’s Bloomberg Businessweek:
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