Tim Cook in many ways is identical to Steve Ballmer

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Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), is one of the more controversial CEOs in the world. On one hand, people praise him for the financial successes that Apple accomplished under his tenure. On the other hand, there are those who believe that Tim Cook is not the visionary CEO that a world-class company needs. The following presentation will provide a brief yet thorough analysis of Tim Cook’s track record in terms of product and innovation and will conclude that, despite the successes he oversaw, he must be replaced… More at Seeking Alpha.

Easy to say, but find someone better. And you cannot be identical in many ways. You are or you are not.

2 thoughts on “Tim Cook in many ways is identical to Steve Ballmer

  1. First off, Apple is not Microsoft. The approach is extremely different, so even if they were clones it’s not a given that they should be treated the same way.

    Second… y’know I think Ballmer might be a little underrated? Like we like to laugh and scoff at the fat bald guy going “developers developers developers” because it’s much cooler to be like Steve Jobs in a turtleneck and jeans, but … USAFacts is actually a pretty good idea, and in general he seems to be having a good time.

    I dunno. Maybe I’m overrating Ballmer’s removal in terms of where Microsoft is now doing interesting stuff (like courting the “creatives”) but still…

  2. Tim Cook is doing exactly what a CEO is supposed to do, maintain and grow a successful company. And by any business measure, Apple is very successful. Steve Jobs was very rare. A visionary who was also the CEO of a very large successful company. The question is whether Apple can continue to innovate under the direction of Tim Cook. My concern is that innovation by committee seldom works well. Sure we get new products, but they are often so watered down that the innovation is hidden behind the safe facade. That was the genius or bravado of Steve Jobs. He didn’t necessarily come up with all those innovations but he pushed and wasn’t afraid to stick his neck out or have his products do the same. He was the final decision maker. And since he was the CEO, no one could challenge him. With Apple today, the innovators are lower on the totem pole, and final decisions are made by consensus rather than by one person. And since everyone usually has there own ideas…

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