Originally Posted by TheOtherGeoff
at some point in your career, money does not buy you lifespan, or any relief of lack of it. I can't see how a few million (if you've been at apple since '99 and an SVP, 24M/yr may well be not much more than his dividends of all the stock he owns) would sway him back.
It's not about the money Geoff, it's watching something you have spent a good portion of your life building starting to go south. Bob doesn't want to see that happen. He wants to leave the company with people he knows he can trust to carry on without him. Just read the reviews engineers have left on Glassdoor.com, and you will see that the middle managers are the ones who are f'n up.
Either Loyalty to Tim (as part of that small inner circle that made the tough decisions and delivered and pulled Apple back from the brink) or Loyalty to his old team of engineers, and at this point, it sounds like his team, and thus that was his 'special project' (keep his team happy).
the 24Million was just a thank you note from Tim...
As for Tim vs the 'former management style,' no Tim's not that guy. I don't think there will be another in 15 years. As for the Ass Beating, it's bound to happen. There is only one place to go once your King of the Mountain.
You are too optimistic if you think it will happen in 15 years. As far as the beating goes, that all depends on whether or not other companies can get their sh*t together.
The mac pro, ivy bridge, apple store faux pas's are just the sh*t that happens when you're so big, people can't help but notice your little stumbles. at $80Billion pushing a phone/ipod to market without any ability to load apps on it... small blunder. Today, having a supplier constrain sales to only 125% of last years sales is considered a 'Short AAPL they're doomed' offense.
The problem is that you can't scale supplies so well when secrecy is the top priority. Lately, secrecy isn't as good as it used to be. Nobody was suprised when the iPhone 5 came out.
The bigger issue is who is walking into the meetings with TV producers, Chip makers, search companies, and book companies and saying, "you can join us or you can die trying to either copy us or building your own" and able to make the other guys blink. We need that [wo]man to step up and take ownership of Apple's strategic future. That's not Bob, not Tim, not Phil, not "I'm a Genius" guy.
At the time that Steve did that, there wasn't any other infastructure that was available that was a viable option. Now, there are more ways to do that. Add to the fact that the whole recording industry blames Steve Jobs and Apple for the position that they are in. Not that they couldn't engineer themselves out of a paper bag, but that Apple has taken all of the profits and left them nothing, which is horsesh*t. The TV networks, are arrogant and paranoid that they have to control the distribution of their content. So if your hoping for an actual TV that is made by Apple, it's not going to happen for awhile, if ever. Search companies are something Apple could care less about. Book companies, well, some of those blinked, settled with the government and threw Apple under the bus.
There isn't going to be someone who can do all those things. There might be three or four, but not one.
Please forgive me if this reply looks like crap, I never got the hang of multi quote replies.