Originally Posted by cgc0202
I just had to register to post an observation regarding this article and more important the comments -- some of them are absurd.First.
Steve Jobs is known to put a stamp on any major product of Apple. It is also the case that he surrounds himself with very good people and pay them well to help Steve Jobs realize his ideas.
So, is Steve Jobs micromanaging Apple, as charged by some respondents here? To answer this, we need to ask:
Does Steve Jobs really get involve all the time and from the beginning
in selecting the song that goes with each Apple ad? Or, is the example discussed here anecdotal? Does Steve Jobs tell Jonathan Ive how to design Apple products or Does he just provide the big picture of the features he wanted? etc., etc., etc.
From what have been reported here and in many publications and by some who actually worked with Apple, Steve Jobs might be very hands-on, but he does delegate, and even trust people who knows more than he does. I do not think Ives, or many of the creative and driven employers of Apple, some with very large egos themselves would have stayed with Apple, if they were simple puppets.
There is that statement: "The buck stops here." A good CEO who is well-informed is good because eventually the CEO must be held accountable. It is one thing for a CEO to have an input, e.g., a final approval, or even an occasional intensive involvement in selecting specific songs or whatever "aesthetic" issues.Second
Our taste in music will differ. What Steve Jobs may like may not be what you want. Otherwise, there will be no need for millions and millions of songs and all sorts of artists. The bottom line, Apple ads get noticed, and the products sell.Third.
Investors, speculators or lemmings?
I read so many postings here bragging about owning Apple stocks, especially when it was skyrocketing, only to be disappointed when Apple stocks tanked. Then these "small time" stockholders
are so quick to share their thoughts on what Steve Jobs should do to shore up stocks. Do you even look at the long term (historical) trends of stocks and the whole market, in general? What is your time frame?
For companies like Apple, expect the stock to fall hardest because they had meteoric rise. And, with all the speculators in the market these days, expect to get burned if you were one of the lemmings.
If you feel so strongly about your "suggestions" on how to prop the share price of Apple, you will make more headway if you vote your shares, in conjunction with like-minded shareholders. Otherwise, it is a futile exercise, especially if you only own a few hundred or thousands of shares.